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County Eligible For USDA's Emergency Forest Restoration Program
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013 9:43 PM

Christy Collins, the Belmont/Monroe Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, announced that USDA has approved Belmont and Monroe counties to implement Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP).  Straight line winds that occurred on June 29, 2012 caused damage to nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) land in those counties.  “Through this program, USDA will continue to assist landowners in their efforts to improve the health of privately held forest lands,” Collins stated.

EFRP participants will use the money to implement emergency forest restoration practices, including emergency measures necessary to address damage caused by a natural disaster to natural resources on NIPF and restore forest health and forest-related resources on the land.  The damage from the natural disaster must have occurred on June 29, 2012.   Signup for the program will end February 1, 2013.

The program is administered by FSA’s State and County Committees.  Eligible participants can receive cost-share assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved emergency forest restoration practices, as determined by FSA county committees, based on funding allocations.  Because EFRP is not an entitlement program, there is no guarantee of funding for all eligible applicants.

To be eligible for EFRP, land must: