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Flood Recovery Resources for Forest Economy Businesses and Landowners

In the aftermath of the severe storm and as Vermonters unite to aid in the recovery process, here are some valuable resources for forest economy businesses and landowners.


Forest Economy Loss & Damage Survey

A survey of forest economy businesses was conducted between August 5 and August 28, 2023 to determine the nature and extent of the losses experienced by Vermont's forest products sector and forest economy. The survey received 98 responses with logging contractors reporting the highest losses. A summary of the survey responses and preliminary findings from the survey were shared with policymakers and partners to advocate for future relief and recovery programs. 

Business Emergency Gap Grant Program

Vermont's Business Emergency Gap Grant Program, administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, is expected to begin accepting applications the week of July 31st.  Additional details about the grant program and how it will work are expected to be released on Monday, July 31.

Forest economy businesses are eligible applicants for this program. The program is designed to benefit businesses and not-for-profits who suffered physical damage due to the severe flooding. Officials emphasized that this is NOT a revenue replacement program.  Physical losses and damage can include physical space and/or replacements of inventory, machinery, equipment, and supplies. 

Grant awards are expected to be made on a first-come, first-served basis and funds are limited, so businesses interested in applying are urged to collect photographs, insurance adjuster damage assessments, estimates for repairs to physical structures, tax returns, equipment, inventory, or supply purchases, actual paid expenses and other documents as requested.

Business Assistance Loans

  • Physical Damage to Business: Loans of up to $2 million to qualified businesses or most private nonprofit organizations visit disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ or call 1-800-659-2955

    • Eligibility: A business of any size or most private nonprofit organizations located in a declared disaster area and have incurred damage during the disaster.

    • Resources may be used for the repair or replacement of the real property, machinery, equipment, fixtures, inventory, leasehold improvements

  • Economic (non-physical) Damage Assistance: Eligible small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations could receive additional support for non-physical damage. Visit disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ or call 1-800-659-2955.

Unemployment Due to Disaster

  • Unemployment: If you’ve lost your job due to the disaster – including because you no longer have a job or a place to work; cannot reach the place of work; cannot work due to damage to the place of work; or cannot work because of an injury caused by the disaster – you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. File online or call the Unemployment Insurance Claimant Assistance Center at 877-214-3330.

  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: If you are not traditionally eligible for unemployment insurance benefits and your employment was impacted because of the disaster, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) https://labor.vermont.gov/dua.

Businesses Laying Off Employees

If you have to prepare your staff for unemployment, here are some steps.

  • Employers do not need to contact the Department of Labor when laying off employees.

  • Advise employees to contact the Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Claims Center at 877-214-3330 (Mon-Fri from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Additionally, if individuals are unable to reach the Department by phone, they will be able to file for unemployment insurance benefits online beginning Wednesday, July 19 at https://labor.vermont.gov.

  • There is no work search requirement for employees who are temporarily laid off for 10 weeks or less. Individuals filing for benefits will need to provide an estimated return to work date in order to have the work search requirement waived.

Forestland Restoration

Non-industrial private forestland owners may be able to receive funds to restore disaster damaged forests through the Farm Service Agency's Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)  Contact your local county Farm Service Agency

Eligible Forest Restoration Practices include:

  • Debris removal, such as down or damaged trees, in order to establish a new stand or provide for natural regeneration.

  • Restoration of forestland roads or erosion control structures.

Trees and Flooding

Rebuilding Roads and Stream Crossings

If you are rebuilding forest roads and stream crosses, refer to the Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs. You can easily take it out in the field with you with the new AMP App

Additional Resources

 

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