The Missouri Department of Conservation and Department of Natural Resources have announced a joint effort to offer a special cost share incentive in an attempt to to improve wildlife habitat and help landowners impacted by the 2012 drought that dried up many steams, ponds, and springs, like this creek in eastern Texas County.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is working to provide cost share to landowners interested in improving forest, fish and wildlife habitat on their property. 

This year the department is partnering with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to offer a special cost share incentive to encourage landowners to establish native warm-season grasses for wildlife habitat and forage production for livestock. The department already offers cost share through the Landowner Assistance Program to landowners interested in establishing native warm-season grasses for wildlife and livestock. The special incentive payment is an attempt to help landowners impacted by the 2012 drought and to improve wildlife habitat. 

The special incentive is being offered to landowners participating in grass seeding practices in the Soil and Water Conservation Program. The MDC will offer landowners an incentive payment of $50 to $150 per acre depending on the native grass, legume and wildflower seeding mix used. The landowner will receive cost share for installing the practice through the Soil and Water Conservation District and the department will pay the special incentive payment. 

In addition, the department is providing a second incentive payment to landowners interested in establishing at least a 30-foot habitat strip in addition to excluding livestock from woodlands or sensitive areas such as ponds, streams and wetlands.  The department will pay an incentive of $330 to a landowner for completing the minimum required eligibility of one-quarter mile of fence and 30-foot average habitat strip width. The local Soil and Water Conservation District will provide cost share for installing the fence. Participation in the two special incentive payments will greatly depend on the amount of cost share funds still available in the county Soil and Water Conservation District.

For more information, contact the local private land conservationist or look up the local contact online at www.mdc.mo.gov under “Local Contact.”  

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