Hurricane Recovery Resources

Resources related to forestry-related and general recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael will continue to be added to this page as they become available.

Important Links

Contact information for Master Loggers and Member Consulting Foresters and Timber Dealers by County

Contact information for Florida Forest Service (FFS) County Foresters and FFS Vendor Database

Information Alert: Truck Weights Lifted for Hurricane-Impacted Areas (Extended Through 5/16/19)

Transporting Salvage Timber to Georgia and Alabama

Florida Forest Service Hurricane Recovery Resources

Florida Forest Service Federal Emergency Hurricane Request (1/22/19)

Application of BMPs: Emergency Operations (FFS)

Farm Service Agency Resources:
Please contact your local FSA service center for information about allowable activities within programs before doing anything!
Service center locator 
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
EQIP/Longleaf Pine Initiative
Other farm programs

Agriculture Disaster Assistance Webinar – Information Session for Agriculture and Forest Producers (2018)

USDA Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool

Hurricane Michael Initial Timber Damage Estimate Package (FFS)

Assessment and Management of Hurricane Damaged Timberland (updated) (UF/IFAS)

Timber Casualty Loss Information

Florida Forest Service Requirements for Open Burning in Hurricane Michael Impacted Areas. Please call your county forester for more information.

Post-Hurricane Guide to Managing Invasive Tree Pests (FFS)

Price Gouging Information  (Office of the Attorney General)
Hotline 1-866-966-7226

IRS Help for Victims of Hurricane Michael

How to Hire a Tree Service for home owners (UF/IFAS)

Map of Disaster Recovery Centers across the Panhandle (Division of Emergency Management)

List of Disaster Recovery Centers and Other Emergency Information (Division of Emergency Management)

Powerpoint presentation on damage to Florida’s timberland

Surveying Timberland Damage in the Wake of Major Hurricanes (Forest2Market)

Hurricane Michael imagery from NOAA
Hurricane Michael damage imagery (before and after)


Frequently Asked Questions

Wet Deck Installation Permitting Procedure

What permits do I need to install a wet deck for staging timber downed by the hurricane?

The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) knows the clock is ticking for salvaging downed timber, so they have agreed to a quick process. To install a wet deck storage area, simply call the NWFWMD at 800.913.1518 or 850.539.5999 to notify them of your intentions. You should be told to begin work on it and they will follow up at a later date with the necessary permits. If you have any questions, please call Alan Shelby at the Association office at 850.222.5646.