Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project

(Hurricane Michael relief package)

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On November 18, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 1EX, which provides emergency disaster relief assistance for cleanup efforts for timberland owners as well as emergency funding for state agencies and local governments in areas heaviest impacted by Hurricane Michael, and HB 4EX, which creates a tax credit for timber growers in the 28 counties included in the disaster area who incurred significant damages and expenses due to the storm. Working with Governor Deal's office and our sister agencies, GFC devised the Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project to implement HB 4EX.

Private forest landowners within the 28 county designated area* impacted by Hurricane Michael are eligible to be considered for debris removal, repair and restoration of pre-existing forest roads and fire breaks as part of the Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project. Eligible tracts of forest land must have had existing forest/tree cover immediately prior to Hurricane Michael's winds impacting Georgia with pre-existing forest roads and/or firebreaks established. This program is NOT intended for the creation of new forest roads or installation of new firebreaks. Lands enrolled in any other local, state or federal reimbursement or cost share programs for similar activities are not eligible for funding under the Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project. Applications are due by February 28, 2019.

Hurricane Michael Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project fact sheet

Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project application

Forest Debris Management Program

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*28 County Designated Area includes only the following counties: Baker, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooley, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth