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Agriculture Press Release

May 25, 1999

Florida Receives $2.7 Million Emergency Allocation To Provide Disaster Assistance For Forest Landowners

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced that disaster assistance is available to help eligible landowners restore forestry plantings destroyed by last years wildfires, drought, floods and related insect infestations. A total of $2.7 million in supplemental disaster aid was allocated to Florida by Congress for emergency tree-planting assistance.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry, and the U.S. Department of Agricultures Natural Resources Conservation Service are holding a continuous sign-up for disaster assistance under the Forestry Incentives Program (FIP), effective immediately.

"We are encouraging landowners who have lost forestry plantings due to fire, drought, flood or insect damage to apply for assistance at local USDA Service Centers or with county foresters," Crawford said.

To qualify for this emergency tree planting assistance, applicants must be private, non-industrial forest landowners. The assistance includes cost-sharing for site preparation and tree planting.

The Forestry Incentives Program has been in existence since 1975 to help private, non-industrial forest landowners reestablish trees on their property. These landowners collectively own almost half of Floridas forest lands, and have the greatest need for both technical and financial assistance.

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For more information:

Jim Harrell (850) 414-9912
Tim Hafner (352) 338-9510


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