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Forest restoration program available for tornado damage

Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

Tornadoes and high winds that came through on April 28 caused severe damage in the eastern part of Lincoln County.

Nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) landowners suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) that is administered by the Lincoln County Farm Service Agency (FSA), if the damage is caused by a natural disaster to natural resources on NIPF land, and if untreated would impair or endanger the natural resources on the land and materially affect the use of the land.

A producer qualifying for EFRP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. The emergency measures must restore forest health and forest-related resources.

When funding becomes available, the following types of measures may be eligible: removing debris from NIPF, site preparation on NIPF, seeding establishing on NIPF and

restoring conservation structures and other similar installations.

Producers who have suffered a loss from the tornadoes and high winds may contact the Lincoln County FSA Office and request assistance from June 9 to July 9, 2014.

To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met: an application for financial assistance (FSA-848) has been filed; the local FSA County Committee (COC) or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area; and the agency responsible for technical assistance, such as the state forestry agency, has made a needs determination required for rehabilitation.

If practices have started before any of the above requirements, waivers may be granted on a case-by-case basis.