South Dakota

Landowners that had fences destroyed from identified wildfires in 2000 may be eligible for replacement costs of these fences.

Last year, South Dakota had 1,173 reported fires that consumed over 400,000 acres. Private landowners wanting to apply for fence replacement costs through this program must have lost fence in an identified wildfire area incurred in the fires of calendar year 2000. Losses sustained in unnamed fire occurrences and outside calendar year 2000 will not be reimbursed.

Reimbursement is restricted to payment for fences that actually have been replaced, not for the loss of the fence. Payments will be made to private landowners for the cost of fence replacement less whatever has been contributed through other sources. Replacement value is defined as cost of labor and material used in replacing fire destroyed fence, with a fence of comparable value. The fence reimbursements do not require any privately matched funding.

The landowner will be required to obtain verification of type (three-, four- or five-strand barbed wire, Jack-leg, etc.) and length of destroyed or damaged fence. Receipts for services or supplies and information from any insurance reimbursements will be required.

Applications must be completed and filed for payment with the Department of Agriculture by July 31, 2001. Landowners that feel they may qualify are urged to contact their nearest SD Department of Agriculture, Resource Conservation and Forestry Division office, or call (800) 275-4955.

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