The Osage Nation Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Department and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announce the opportunity to apply for conservation cost-share assistance to control Serecia Lespedeza and other noxious weeds on private lands on the Osage Reservation. Applicants interested in controlling Serecia Lespedeza and implementing a prescribed burning plan will rank highly in the program.

The Osage Nation Noxious Plants Local Emphasis Area program was developed under the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) with input from the Osage Nation ENR Department in order to meet the needs of tribal landowners while offering a high cost-share rate.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. However, only applications received by January 7, 2011, will be considered during the initial selection period. Apply at the local NRCS office at 1000 West Main, Suite 102 in Pawhuska or by calling Brandon Reavis at (918) 287-3755.

A public information meeting on all EQIP programs, including the Osage Nation Noxious Plants Local Emphasis Area, will be held on Dec. 17 at the Pawhuska Community Center at 1 p.m. For more information on the Osage Nation Noxious Plants Local Emphasis Area program, please contact Brandon Reavis or Brad Stumph, ENR Department, at (918) 287-5384.


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