Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, Emergency Forest Restoration Program
To provide financial assistance to eligible participants on eligible land for certain practices to restore nonindustrial private forest land that has been damaged by a natural disaster. The financial assistance will be cost share payments to assist in EFRP participant to establish practices required to address qualifying damage suffered in connection with a qualifying disaster.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, to improve and streamline disaster assistance for Hurricane Sandy, and for other purposes., Public Law 113-2, 16 U.S.C. 2206, Statute 127,18
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title II, Section 2106, Public Law 110-246
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
To be eligible to participate in EFRP, a person or legal entity must be an owner of nonindustrial private forest land affected by a natural disaster, and must be liable for or have the expense that is the subject of the financial assistance. The owner must be a person or legal entity (including Indian tribes) with full decision-making authority over the land, as determined by FSA, or with such waivers as may be needed from lenders or others as may be required, to undertake program commitments. Federal agencies and States, including all agencies and political subdivisions of a State, are ineligible for EFRP. For land to be eligible, it must be nonindustrial private forest land and must, as determined by FSA. The land must have existing tree cover or have had tree cover immediately before the natural disaster and be suitable for growing trees, have damage to natural resources caused by a natural disaster, which occurred on or after January 1, 2010, that, if not treated, would impair or endanger the natural resources on the land and would materially affect future use of the land. The land must be physically located in a county in which EFRP has been implemented and is ineligible for EFRP if FSA determines that the land is owned or controlled by the United States, or owned or controlled by States, including State agencies or political subdivisions of a State. A qualifying natural disaster means wildfires, hurricanes or excessive winds, drought, ice storms or blizzards, floods, or other naturally-occurring resource impacting events as determined by FSA. For EFRP, a natural disaster also includes insect or disease infestations as determined by FSA in consultation with other Federal and State agencies as appropriate.
The owners of industrial private forest land will receive the ultimate benefit.
After completion of the approved practice, the participant must certify completion and request payment by the payment request deadline. FSA will provide the participant with a form or another manner to be used to request payment.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Participants who perform practices shall be responsible for obtaining the authorities, permits, rights, easements, or other approvals necessary to the performance and maintenance of the practices according to applicable laws and regulations. The EFRP participant shall be wholly responsible for any actions taken with respect to the project and shall, in addition, be responsible for returning and refunding any EFRP cost shares made, where the purpose of the project cannot be accomplished because of the applicants' lack of clearances or other problems. Cost share assistance is dependent upon the availability of funds and the performance of the practice. An eligible applicant must certify and provide proof of completion of the practice. The eligible participant shall submit all information to their local FSA county office. The enrollment period for submitting EFRP cost-share requests will be accepted after the announced enrollment period.
FSA will establish the minimum qualifying cost of restoration, which may vary by State or region. Participants are not eligible to receive funding under EFRP for land on which FSA determines that the participant has or will receive funding for the same or similar expenses under: The Emergency Conservation Program The Wetland Reserve Program The Emergency Wetland Reserve Program The Emergency Watershed Protection Program.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Determinations may be appealed in accordance with the administrative appeal regulations at parts 11 and 780 of 7CFR.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Subject to the availability of funds the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide cost share payments to owners of nonindustrial private forest land who carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For the purposes of EFRP, no receipt, invoice, or other record is required to be retained by any agricultural producer as evidence tending to show performance of a practice needs to be retained by such producer more than two years following the close of the program year of the program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Consult the appropriate FSA State office where the property is located. For a list of FSA State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, information is available on the internet, visit FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov to locate nearest office.
Shanita Landon, ECP Program Manager
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 18$5,751,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$15,000,000.00; FY 16 est $0.00; FY 15$2,254,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects