On July 1st, the Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) received its new cost share allocation from the Division of Soil Conservation. The Cherokee SWCD offers financial assistance for building grassed waterways, terraces, and water & sediment control basins. Landowners can receive cost share assistance on earthwork, tile installation, and tile outlets. Cost share is limited to $10,000 per landowner per fiscal year.
Cost share for windbreaks is also available through the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. Individuals can receive 75% cost share up to $22.50 per tree and $3.75 per shrub with a total dollar limit of $1500 per year. The SWCD will again be taking orders for trees and shrubs for spring delivery to assist in windbreak planning.
Profits from the District's tree sales program are used to fund scholarships for high school graduates, finance the fourth grade poster contest, and support the annual conservation tour.
The Cherokee SWCD also offers a $10 per acre incentive payment - up to 120 acres- for first time no-tillers.
Landowners who are interested in any of these programs should apply as soon as possible at the local USDA Service Center, 314 Lake St. in Cherokee, as
Cost Share funds are in limited supply.
Applications must be approved by the commissioners before starting a project. For more information call 225-3769.