New Pandemic Aid Opens For Loggers And Timber Haulers
People who work in the timber industry and experienced an income loss during the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for federal relief aid.
Congress approved the $200 million last December as part of a much larger stimulus package. It’s meant for logging companies, as well as truckers who support the logging industry. To qualify, applicants must have experienced at least a ten percent loss in revenue during the pandemic.
“On top of the existing challenges associated with natural disasters and trade, the pandemic caused a major disruption for loggers and timber haulers including lack of access to wood processing mills," said US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a press release. "This industry plays a critical role in our nation’s economy and we are proud to support these hard-working loggers and truckers as they get back on track.”
The amount of the payments will depend on the size of the company and the financial hit it took during the pandemic. Applications are open through mid-October.
Information about the program and how to apply can be found at this website.