TASK FORCE AIMS TO AID FORESTRY INDUSTRY IN SALVAGE, REFORESTATION EFFORTS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - In addition to loss of life and destruction of homes and businesses as a result of the storms that tore across the state in April, Alabama forest landowners have lost nearly 200,000 acres of timber and $259 million in revenue.
|Steve Guy, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's forestry division, talks with Kathy Steadmon of the USDA Farm Services Agency after the Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force meeting May 17. |
May 17, Steve Guy, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's forestry division, sat on a 38-member forest recovery task force organized by Gov. Robert Bentley.
Guy will serve on the Governmental Affairs and Reforestation Subcommittees within the task force.
"The biggest thing the Farmers Federation will be doing is working with federal disaster programs to provide funding for cleanup and reforestation," Guy said.
The Federation will also aid in the task force's efforts to relay information about salvage and reforestation to landowners.
The task force's immediate objectives are to identify the needs of affected landowners, loggers and members of the forest products industry; to monitor, record and report salvage efforts; and to seek funding for restoration efforts.
Damaged forest land should be reported to the landowner's county Farm Service Agency office.
A list of county FSA offices can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov or by calling (334) 279-3500.