The EFRP (Emergency Forest Restoration Program) is a federal program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It can pay you for reforestation, site prep like brush removal, burned tree removal, erosion control, fixing your forest roads, protection for young seedlings (like tree tubes), and wildlife habitat improvements.
The EFRP is right for you if you answer "yes" to these 5 questions ...
1.) Did you have forest trees growing on your land before the Camp Fire?
2.) Did you lose some of your forest trees in the Camp Fire?
3.) Do you need post-fire forest restoration work that will cost more than $1,000 but less than $500,000?
4.) Can you pay 25% of the cost of the work? (In some cases, doing your own work can count toward your 25% share - ask.)
5.) Can you find a way to pay the total cost up-front, and wait for the USDA to reimburse you for its 75% share? (For many landowners, this could mean taking out a loan. Government-backed "conservation loans" are sometimes available for those who can't get conventional loans.)
If you can say yes to all 5 of these questions, then the EFRP is for you. Here are some ways to begin the application process:
- Download the application below, print it out, and fill out the highlighted sections only. Then bring it and your property tax bill if possible to the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The FSA is in the USDA building at 150 Chuck Yeager Way in Oroville. If you need help filling out the application (it's a little technical), call Araceli Mazariego: (530) 693-3165.
- Simply drop by the USDA building and ask for an application. It's smart to call or email first and make an appointment, but it's also OK to just drop in! The person to see there is Araceli Mazariego: (530) 693-3165, or email (redacted) For fastest results, it's best to bring your property tax bill or a grant deed (a copy is fine).
If you answered no to any of the questions above, we may still have other programs to help you get free seedlings and more. Please take our reforestation and prescribed fire survey, so we can get in touch with you when we have other options to help you and your land.
Thank you for caring about your land. We're sorry for your loss, but we hope we can help you renew your forest. Have a beautiful day.