Agriculture Press Release

October 1, 1999

Disaster Assistance Extended for Tree Planting

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced that Florida landowners whose forests were damaged by wildfire, flood, insects, or drought in 1998 and 1999 may be eligible for federal cost-share funds for reforestation.

Congress has extended eligibility for the program to include disasters that occurred in 1999. Nearly $2 million in disaster funds are still available from the original allocation made 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 (NRCS) have established a continuous sign-up to facilitate the application process. Landowners can obtain an application by visiting their local Division of Forestry or NRCS office.

To qualify for this emergency tree-planting assistance, applicants must be private, non-industrial forest landowners with less than 5,000 acres of total forestland ownership. In addition, landowners can only receive cost-share reimbursement up to $10,000 per federal fiscal year. The assistance includes cost-sharing for site preparation and tree planting. The cost-share will cover up to 65 percent of the cost to reestablish a forest stand.

"I encourage all eligible landowners to investigate this new opportunity to receive assistance for replanting timberland damaged by these disasters," Crawford said.


For more information:

Todd Groh
(850) 414-9907

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