Landowners are also eligible for assistance to restore woodlands that were damage by Hurricane Florence. The N.C. General Assembly appropriated $2.5 million in time-limited, cost-share funding for 52 counties that were federally declared disaster areas.
- We’ve talked quite a bit about the $240 million allocated by the N.C. General Assembly for disaster relief for Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael, but legislators also approved $2.5 million in cost-share funding for reforestation efforts.
- North Carolina is a very green state with the vast amount of forest lands being privately owned. Some of our valuable forestlands were also impacted by Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael. These funds will help landowners rebuild these natural resources.
- The funding was designated for use in the 52 counties that received the federal presidential disaster declaration.
- Funding requests should be shovel-ready projects and practices that can be completed within short time periods. The projects should be completed by May 1, 2020.
- Approved practices include site preparation and tree planting as recommended in the applicant’s management plan. Afforestation of open fields or pastureland is also eligible, but, funding for forest stand improvement practices is not available through this program.
- To receive reimbursement, at last 4.5 acres of approved, completed work must be documented. The maximum funding allocation will be 100 acres per landowner per fiscal year.
- Applications must be submitted to the landowner’s local N.C. Forest Service office for initial review. It will then be sent to the Raleigh office for final approval.
- Applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been spent. I encourage woodland owners to get their applications in as soon as possible.
- I am grateful for the legislators for providing these funds to repair and rebuild our forestlands.