Dead Tree Removal program expanded in Jackson County
The “Dead Standing Tree Removal” program has been expanded throughout the unincorporated areas of Jackson County. This program provides free assistance to remove trees killed by Hurricane Katrina that are still standing.
“When this program started in fall 2006 it was for only the storm surge area, but now it includes the entire County,” Alan Sudduth, County Administrator, said. “The County is once again accepting applications from residents to take part.”
To apply, residents need to fill out a “Right of Entry” form at one of six county locations:
Residents need to bring photo identification when submitting a form. The “Dead Standing Tree” program is separate from previous hurricane debris removal assistance in the spring and summer of 2006 and requires a new ROE. A vast majority of this program is being funded through FEMA.
After an application is submitted, a FEMA representative will inspect each tree on a resident’s property to determine eligibility. Once a tree is ruled eligible, the County’s contractor will cut down and remove the dead tree. Trees will be “flush cut” leaving two to five inches above the ground; stumps will not be removed.
The County’s program applies to the unincorporated areas only; the four Jackson County cities are handling this tree removal process individually. Jackson County residents in the unincorporated areas can call 228-518-3186 or 228-374-1211 for more details.