For Immediate Release
Mar 15, 2012
Tara Gruber (609) 587-0104
Hamilton Square, NJ, March 15, 2012 — The Columbus Service Center, serving Burlington, Camden and Ocean Counties has announced the availability of the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). The application signup period starts on April 1st 2012 and goes through April 20th 2012.
EFRP provides cost-share assistance to nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) land owners who have experienced damage from the southern pine beetle. EFRP program participants may receive financial assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved emergency forest restoration practices, as determined by county FSA committees.
County FSA committees determine land eligibility using on-site damage inspections that assess the type and extent of damage. To be eligible for EFRP, NIPF land must:
- Have existing tree cover (or had tree cover immediately before the natural disaster occurred and is suitable for growing trees); and,
- Be owned by any nonindustrial private individual, group, association, corporation, or other private legal entity, that has definitive decision-making authority over the land.
In addition, the natural disaster must have resulted in damage that if untreated would:
- Impair or endanger the natural resources on the land; and,
- Materially affect future use of the land.
Contact the Columbus Service Center at 609-267-1639 for additional information on EFRP.
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