MADISON - Forest landowners in 49 Wisconsin counties may be eligible for financial help to replant tree seedlings that died as a result of the drought this summer, state forest officials say.
Landowners who have lost 25 percent or more of trees planted in 2008 through 2012 due to the 2012 drought may be eligible to receive a grant for replanting the drought-killed trees, according to Carol Nielsen, administrator of the Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program.
Emergency funds have been designated through the Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program for tree planting failures due to the 2012 drought in these counties: Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Dunn, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Saint Croix, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood.
Nielsen says DNR foresters have found that the 2012 drought has caused tree seedling mortality ranging from 15 percent to 100 percent, depending on the site, location and tree species.
A DNR forester must verify that the loss is directly related to the 2012 drought and that the applicant meets the program's eligibility requirements, including:
Grants awarded will cover up to half the costs for preparing the site and replanting trees where the DNR forester has determined there is a need, Nielsen says. Yard trees, Christmas trees and CRP plantings are not eligible for this funding assistance.
Emergency grants will be available until May 1, 2013, or until all of the designated funds have been awarded, whichever comes first, and the grants will be awarded as the applications are received, Nielsen says.
To confirm eligibility and apply for the emergency funding, landowners should contact the DNR forester in the county where their land is located.
For more information contact Carol Nielsen, private forestry specialist, Carol.Nielsen@Wisconsin.gov; 608-267-7508
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Nielsen (608) 267-7508