Walsenburg- The Upper Huerfano Conservation District (UHCD) has received a state grant to sponsor another cost-share program in 2009. The 2008 program enabled nine projects with an expected soil savings of 3,080 tons over the life of those projects.
The UHCD cost-share program will fund 50% of the cost of installing conservation practices within the boundaries of the Conservation District. Projects can include : irrigation water management, improvement to plant diversity, increasing woodland productivity, planned grazing systems, improvement to wildlife habitat, and enhancement of riparian areas.
This program is being operated on a reimbursement basis, and the annual reimbursement limit will be $3,000 per applicant. Landowners with approved projects will submit proof of the cost to install the conservation practice and then will be reimbursed for 50% up to $3,000.
Interested landowners should contact the Upper Huerfano Conservation District for an application form. The sign-up period will be Jan. 26 – Feb. 18, 2009. The UHCD Board of Supervisors will select projects for funding in Feb. 2009. Approved projects must be completed by July 31, 2009. For more information, contact the UHCD office, 711 Walsen Ave. Suite A, Walsenburg, 738-1171.