Landowners Assistance Program (LAP)
Due to an increased amount of Landowners participating in our LAP program in 2015 and 2016 we won't have available LAP funding until July 1st 2017. We will continue to use in-kind for LAP dollars in 2017. The BCWCB will be reimbursed 100% of their expenses and landowners can pay their 20% share with in-kind (labor and equipment) or be billed for 20% of their share. The LAP is funded by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, within certain dollar limits.
Grants and Cost-Share Opportunities
In 2017, the BCWCB will be participating in $105,000 USFS agreement. The county contributed 46.55% and the USFS 53.45% of the expenses accumulated. This grant allowed the county to treat noxious weeds on federal and private lands. In order for producers to qualify for noxious weed control on private lands, they need to meet certain requirements. For more information contact the BCWCB.
In May 2017 the BCWCB would like to host sprayer calibration days to help Billings County residents calibrate their spray equipment in effort to improve application accuracy. We will post a notice in the Billings County Pioneer as well as inside the Medora Court House, when we will be hosting these events.
Be Looking For
Houndstongue, is still a problem in Billings County, in 2016 we found several new areas located south of Medora. If you think you may have houndstongue on your land or lease land that may contain it please contact Katie. We saved TAG dollars for the spring of 2017 to help with the cost of spray applications on houndstongue on private land. When your out riding, checking cattle, or fence this spring keep an eye out for unfamiliar plants. If your unsure as to what a plant is snap a picture if possible, and Katie will try and help you identify it. Houndstongue is primarily coming from the western side of Billings County and is easily spread by cattle and wildlife. In 2016 we treated a handful of new areas where we had not seen Houndstongue in the past. We have some funding through the Forest Service and ND Dept. of Ag (TAG) to assist in the control of Houndstongue.
Landowners and Operators should familiarize themselves on how to identify Salt Cedar Trees, the BCWCB has booklets available for your assistance. In 2015 we found two Salt Cedar trees within Billings County.