Help available to those with severe storm damage
By Anna Erickson
Hubbard County landowners who had severe damage due to straight line winds last summer may be eligible for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.
On July 2, 2012 straight line winds caused severe damage in the northern portion of Hubbard County. The storm damage area was from south of Hubbard County Road 9 to the Mississippi River in La Salle State Recreation Area.
Many trees were blown down, broken and bent throughout the area.
Nonindustrial private forest landowners suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the program that is administered by the Wadena/Hubbard Farm Service Agency county office. Landowners would be eligible if the damage is caused by a natural disaster to natural resources on land and if untreated it would impair or endanger the natural resources on the land and materially affect the use of the land.
A producer qualifying for EFRP assistance may receive financial assistance levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures, according to Wadena/Hubbard FSA director Mike Stevens.
The emergency measures must restore forest health and forest-related resources. The following types of measures might be eligible:
n Removing debris from the land.
n Site preparation on the land.
n Seeding establishing on the land.
n Restoring conservation structures and other similar installations.
Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact the local Wadena/Hubbard FSA county office and request assistance from April 19 to May 31 of this year.
To be eligible for assistance, no work can be started until several tasks have completed, including:
n An application for financial assistance (FSA-848) has been filed.
n The local FSA county committee or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area.
n The Agency responsible for technical assistance, such as the state forestry agency has made a “needs determination,” which may include cubic yards of earthmoving, etc., required for rehabilitation.
Contact the Wadena/Hubbard Farm Service Agency at 218-631-2876 extension 2 to schedule an appointment. The deadline to apply for EFRP is May 31, 2013.