Maine loggers and timber haulers could benefit from the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH)
August 25, 2021
For more information contact: Claire Eaton at: Claire.Eaton@maine.gov
Maine loggers and timber haulers could benefit from the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) relief fund of up to $200 million just announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency (FSA).
How Much Funding Can I Receive?
Individual loggers or truckers, or related legal entities, may be eligible for up to $125,000 or a minimum of $2,500 in financial assistance through this program. PATHH is not a loan program, it is a relief program, and there is no fee to apply.
Am I Elgible?
Businesses need to have derived at least 50 percent of gross revenue from timber harvesting or timber hauling from January 1, 2019, through December 1, 2019, and from January 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020, and experienced a loss of at least 10 percent in gross revenue during this period in 2020 as compared to 2019. Examples of business activities that would be eligible revenue sources during these periods include harvesting and/or processing wood at the harvest site with activities such as limbing, slashing, chipping or grinding timber, or transporting timber. Revenue from other activities such as forest road construction, site preparation, firewood processing, or anything else that is not directly related to harvesting, processing, or trucking should not be included in your application. Additionally, revenue from processing activities that take place at other sites, i.e., wood yards not connected to the harvest site, should not be included in your determination.
How Do I Apply and Where Do I Get Help With the Process?
The application period is open now and continues through October 15, 2021. To learn more about program details, including eligibility, FAQs, the online application, and application resources, visit farmers.gov/pathh, or connect with your local FSA office for assistance. To find your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator. Or call (877) 508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee.
For general questions or help identifying other resources, call Claire Eaton, Director of Natural Resource Markets & Economic Development at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, at 207-899-9523 or email Claire.Eaton@maine.gov.