Federal Wildfire Relief Funding is coming soon.
The 2017 and 2018 Fire Seasons affected all residents of Southern Oregon, but some more than others; Landowners who lost trees and sustained damage on their property during a fire may be eligible for federal cost share funding to replant trees. The Oregon Department of Forestry is partnering with Farm Service Agency (FSA), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to collect data to present to lawmakers in Washington, D.C. resulting in potential funding for the region and affected landowners.
The Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) is a federal cost share opportunity that has been used by other Oregon counties for rehab efforts including wildfire and drought impacts. This cost share program will be available to Jackson and Josephine County residents impacted by wildfire over the past two years. Landowners interested in the program must have existing trees or trees impacted or destroyed by a fire.
Individuals interested in participating have 60 days beginning June 3rd to report their total damage and/or loss to our local FSA office for screening and data collection. Following the closing date on August 3, 2019, the data collected will then be reported to lawmakers in Washington D.C. to determine the amount of funding Southern Oregon will receive.
EFRP was established to assist Nonindustrial Private Forest (NIPF) Landowners to rehabilitate timber ground damaged by natural disasters. Practices available under the EFRP Signup include removing debris and dead trees from timberland, replanting timber and road development located on NIPF lands that are deemed necessary by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
To participate, please contact Teresa Vonn, FSA Program Technician at (541) 423-6156.