On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is providing up to $200 million in relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to coronavirus as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.  Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 22 through Oct. 15, 2021. The Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program (PATHH) is administered by FSA in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Forest Service have released updates to the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map to help protect communities across the country from the devastating impacts of wildfire smoke. EPA and the U.S. Forest Service launched the Fire and Smoke Map as a pilot in 2020 to give users the most localized air quality information possible.