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MSU Extension: Wildfire-protection funds available to landowners in Gallatin, Meagher, and Park counties

February 24, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County has been awarded funds to assist landowners in Gallatin, Meagher and Park counties with wildfire protection efforts.

Distributed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, the state and federal funds are aimed at giving landowners help with up to 50 percent of the cost of forestry projects that reduce the threat of wildland fire to homes and communities.

The Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program also addresses forest health, insects, and disease. Landowners can receive cost-share for hiring a contractor or doing the work themselves. Fuels reduction work includes, but is not limited to: dead tree removal, selective thinning, brush clearing, hazard tree removal, prescribed burning and tree pruning.

Technical assistance is provided for landowners to develop and implement a hazardous fuels mitigation plan that targets hazardous fuels reduction, survivable space creation, treating access/egress routes, right-of-way vegetation management, as well as restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems.

For more information on the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program for Gallatin, Meagher and Park county landowners, contact Brad Bauer, MSU Extension Natural Resource Agent in Gallatin County, (406) 388-3213, brad.bauer@montana.edu or visit 201 West Madison, Ste. 300, in Belgrade.

If you would like to learn more about MSU Extension in Gallatin County please visit:  http://www.msuextension.org/gallatin/naturalresources.html.  

Contact: Brad Bauer, (406) 388-3213, brad.bauer@montana.edu.