COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas landowners may be eligible for grant money to help pay for prescribed burning costs on private land.
According to a press release, the Texas A&M Forest Service is now accepting applications to reimburse landowners for the costs of having a prescribed burn on their land.
The Forest Service has $543,478 in grant funds available. Last year the programs were used for more than 13,500 acres of treatments.
According to the Forest Service, a prescribed fire is a controlled and effective way to reduce wildfire risks. Benefits from this type of burning include wildlife habitat improvement, seed and plant regeneration, reduction of invasive plants and restoration of soil nutrients
Applications will be accepted from now until Sept. 30, and the process is entirely online.
The Forest Service will not be conducting the burns. Grant recipients will select a certified and insured burn manager to reimburse costs, depending on program availability.