Enjoy Spring and Help the Environment!

It's May and officially spring! This time of year offers up some of the nicest weather and most beautiful views, encouraging all of us to go outside and experience springtime. In April and May, we often get to enjoy the natural beauty of our surroundings, but it's important to conserve them, too. That's why Benefits.gov wants to help you find out how you can best enjoy this time of year and help the environment at the same time.

One of the best ways to enjoy and conserve the environment is to keep trees and forests healthy. The Healthy Forests Reserve Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), helps landowners restore, enhance, and protect forestland resources on private lands. The program provides citizens with conservation easements, which regulate the use of a piece of land to protect its associated resources; 30-year contracts; and 10-year cost-share agreements. With this program, you can help repair damaged forestlands and make a positive impact on the environment.

In addition to protecting trees and other land-based conservation programs, there are benefits in place to protect animal habitats in your state. The Cooperative Endangered Species Fund, a U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) program, provides funding to states and territorial agencies for species and habitat conservation on non-Federal lands.

Keeping America beautiful doesn't have to happen outside; conservation can start inside your home as well. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manages the PowerSaver Home Energy Retrofit Loan Pilot Program, which offers borrowers low-cost loans to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. Backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), homeowners can use PowerSaver loans to install environmentally friendly insulation, duct sealing, HVAC systems, solar panels, and more.

In May and beyond, it is important to take care of the environment in order to enjoy it. Take advantage of the beautiful springtime and do your part to contribute to environmental conservation by taking a look at other Environmental Sustainability/Conservation benefits on our site. Benefits.gov also encourages you to use the Benefit Finder tool to see what other benefits you might be eligible for. Happy spring!