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Register today for ‘Life After Fires’ conference in Kamiah this Saturday



May 20 is deadline to apply for NRCS funds for wildfire mitigation

Idaho County landowners have through Friday, May 20, to apply through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for wildfire mitigation funds.

NRCS Idaho has set aside $100,000 under the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the first year of a special project to help mitigate the extent and damage of large-scale fires. Idaho is one of 10 counties in the state covered in this project area.

The project’s goal is to take proactive measures that reduce the extent of uncontrolled wildfires on non-industrial private forestlands, primarily through the use of fuel breaks, and other approved forestry management practices.

Call 983-1050, ext. 3.

— The “Life After the Fires: Living for Today & Planning for Tomorrow” conference will be open to the public this Saturday, May 21, at The Life Center in Kamiah. Attendees for this free conference are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, May 18.

The conference is directed at landowners who were affected by the 2015 wildfires in north-central Idaho as well as others interested in wildfire in this region. Attendees will learn about conditions that led to the 2015 wildfire season and how a coalition of local, county, state, regional and national entities—the North-Central Idaho Wildfire Restoration Group—are working together to facilitate recovery and restoration in the aftermath of the fires.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Presenting the conference is University of Idaho Extension with the North-Central Idaho Wildfire Restoration Group and the Nez Perce—Clearwater National Forests.

Event sign-in is at 7 a.m. with the conference to start at 8:30 a.m. and running to 3 p.m. with an optional field tour to follow.

The Life Center is at 4432 U.S. Highway 12. For information, agenda details or to register: 476-4434 or clearwater@uidaho.edu .



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