The N.C. Forest Service has worked with woodland owners on 361 timber restoration projects statewide involving 16,378 acres. Commissioner Troxler is happy to report that about 70 percent of the projects are completed on more than 13,400 acres. Plans are to finalize the remaining projects in the next few months.
- Last week we talked about seedling sales by the N.C. Forest Service.
- We’re still talking about the N.C. Forest Service this week, but instead its Timber Restoration Fund, which was created through the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016.
- This fund was designed to help timber owners recover from damage from Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires that burned through large areas in Western North Carolina.
- Legislators allocated $1 million for the fund and since that time the N.C. Forest Service has been working with woodland owners on projects.
- I am happy to report that more than 70 percent of the projects funded through this program are completed.
- The N.C. Forest Service has worked with woodland owners on 361 timber restoration projects statewide involving 16,378 acres.
- Completed projects involve more than 13,400 acres. Plans are to finalize the remaining projects
- I am pleased that we have been able as an agency to move along on these projects so quickly for woodland owners.
- We rolled out this program in three weeks after receiving funding, targeting projects that were “shovel ready.’ I’d say that is a good example of emergency monies being efficiently and quickly deployed to the benefit of our residents.
- Following that roll out, Timber Restoration Funds were allocated in less than two weeks, which really speaks to the need of this type of assistance.
- I mentioned last week the significance of the forestry products industry in North Carolina. Woodlands are renewable resources and a revenue stream for many property owners.
- The forestry products industry contributes more than $32 billion annually. I greatly appreciate the legislature’s support of our woodland owners and in recognizing the need to help them with these emergency funds.
- And, I want to applaud our N.C. Forest Service staff for quickly mobilizing on these projects to steer them towards completion.