For Immediate Release
Release No: 06.11.13
Oregon Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Branch
7620 SW Mohawk St.
Tualatin, OR 97062
Lois Loop 503.692.6830 x222
Jim Cathcart, Cooperative Forestry Manager, ODF
(TUALATIN, OR), June 11, 2013 — Lynn Voigt, State Executive Director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency in Oregon, announced that $1,935,000 in Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) funds is being made available to assist Nonindustrial Private Forest (NIPF) landowners who lost trees in the Lake County Barry Point Fire in 2012.
The Barry Point Fire was started by lightning and burned from Aug. 6-27 last year. It is estimated that over 4,000 acres of private forestland were burned during that time. Earlier over $200,000 was made available in the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) for repair and replacement of permanent fencing. After that disaster a sign up period for EFRP assistance was also held for eligible landowners.
EFRP is a Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency program available nationwide that provides payments to eligible owners of nonindustrial private forest land in order to carry out emergency measures to restore land that has been damaged by a natural disaster. Funding for EFRP is appropriated by Congress. Program participants may receive payments of up to 75% of the cost for forest restoration activities upon approval by the local FSA County Committee.
The Lake County EFRP participants will be provided technical assistance by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). ODF will work with those landowners to create restoration plans for the acreage damaged by the wildfire that is suitable for forestland restoration. Due to the current shortage of forest seedlings, ODF will also provide the necessary funding to grow those seedlings over the next three years. Most of the needed seedlings will be available for planting in the winter and early spring of 2016. The cost-share provided by FSA will allow the landowner to reimburse ODF for the cost of growing the seedlings at the time of planting. “This partnership between the State and Federal agencies provides a good example of combining resources when needed,” said Lynn Voigt, FSA State Executive Director. “Private forest landowners who have adversely affected by this natural disaster will be helped to restore these lands for the benefit of generations to come.”
For additional information on the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) contact your local FSA Office or the Oregon FSA Office at 503-692-3688.
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