The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering a special sign-up for 17 counties through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that is targeted towards the management of Oak & Hickory Woodlands. This program provides incentive payments to forest landowners implementing woodland management practices that encourage oak/hickory growth & regeneration. Eligible practices thru this program include: crop tree release, cull tree removal, thinning, and control of woody invasive species (bush honeysuckle, tree of heaven, autumn-olive and privet). Click on this link to find out if you are eligible and to find your local NRCS and ODNR-Division of Forestry contact: EQIP Forestry Oak Mgt. The deadline is fast approaching so if you are interested apply now!