Cost-Share for Tree Plantings
If you are a land owner along the White River in the upper White River watershed area, you may be eligible for up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing tree plantings along the river.
The Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., has a two-year grant to share funds with land owners who want to establish forested buffer plantings along streams, ponds, lakes, and wetlands in the watershed. The watershed includes all or parts of the following counties: Randolph, Delaware, Madison, Tipton, Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan, and Johnson.
Such buffer strips along a river help create shade to lower water temperatures, improving habitat for fishes and other aquatic organisms. The buffer strips can also provide a corridor to link isolated areas of wildlife habitat. Forested buffers help reduce excess sediment, organic material, nutrients, pesticides, and other pollutants entering the river from surface run-off.
For funding eligibility criteria and application materials, visit www.hhrcd.org/riparian_buffer.htm.
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