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USDA funds available for Barry Point private landowners

USDA officials recently announced the availability of Emergency Forest Restoration Funds that are being made available to private landowners affected by the Barry Point fire of 2012.

Lynn Voigt, State Executive Director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency in Oregon, announced $1,935,000 in Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) funds made available to assist Nonindustrial Private Forest (NIPF) landowners who lost trees in the fire’s devastation.

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.

The Barry Point Fire, sparked by lightning and burned Aug. 6 to Aug. 27 last year, was estimated to have burned over 4,000 acres of private forestland.

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.

“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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