Wildfire relief funding may be available for southern Oregon 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.

Posted: Jun 3, 2019 4:46 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2019 4:53 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- People impacted by wildfires in the last two years could get some federal funding.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is partnering with the Farm Service Agency to collect data to present to lawmakers in Washington D.C. This could result in potential funding for the region and affected landowners.

"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," ODF said in a post.

This cost share program will be available to Jackson and Josephine County residents impacted by wildfire over the past two years. You had to have lost trees and sustained damage on your property during a fire to be eligible. 

People have until August 3rd to submit a report of their total damage and/or loss to the local FSA office.

"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," ODF said.

You can contact FSA Program Technician Teresa Vonn for more information, (541) 423-6156.

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