Wildlife habitat help available 

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Hoosier landowners interested in establishing or improving wildlife habitat on their property are now able to submit applications through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The NRCS in Indiana maintains the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which provides selected residents with assistance to address and improve the wildlife habitat and environmental situation on their properties

EQIP has absorbed the former Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and continues to issue funds to target eligible applications with a core set of wildlife habitat development practices.

"The benefits of these habitats reach well beyond their boundaries," State Conservationist Jane Hardisty said in a press release. "Not only do these habitats provide ample food and shelter for wildlife but they also help filter and cleanse water; prevent flooding in local communities by holding water; and improve soil profiles."

The deadline to submit an application for EQIP is May 16, 2014. Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated and considered for funding in the current fiscal year. Any applications received after the May 16 deadline will be considered for funding in the future.

Those interested in applying through EQIP should contact their local NCRS office.

- The Statehouse File Staff Report

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