Conservation cost-share programs and technical assistance are now available for private landowners in northern LaPorte County. For public landowners, technical, on-site assistance is available for any conservation and land sustainability question or issue you might have.
If you are a land owner in Northern LaPorte County and live within the Galena, Trail Creek or Little Calumet Watersheds, you qualify for a new and critically-important program from the LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Through funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the District staff will promote and implement conservation practices on private lands as well as visit with landowners and provide technical assistance on conservation issues, for private or public landowners. Some examples of conservation practices that may qualify for a cost-share incentive, or examples of on-site technical assistance include:
- Tree plantings for windbreaks or enhanced wildlife habitat
- Wetland restoration
- Pollinator gardens
- Invasive species controls, e.g. removal of honeysuckle, buckthorn, purple loosestrife
- Warm season grass plantings as riparian filter strips or for enhanced habitat
- Riparian woodland buffers
- Erosion and sediment control on woodlots and agricultural lands
This is a great chance for incorporating healthy habitat and common-sense conservation onto your property and helping LaPorte County knit together a rich network of natural resources and high-quality greenery. These types of cost-share opportunities are commonly used by farm owners, particularly row-crop producers. However, the District recognizes the important role that all County landowners have in creating robust and resilient habitats. With this temporary initiative, the District is working to expand its network of landowners engaged in conservation.
For more information on the Conservation Technical Assistance program including eligibility, specific practices, and cost-share details please contact Julia Plumb at the LaPorte SWCD office @ 219-362.6633, ext. 3, or via e-mail: email@example.com.