West Virginia will be among 12 states eligible for $209 million in federal funding to help farmers, landowners and communities recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.

Two regional counties, Braxton and Clay, will receive assistance.

"The general public doesn't always see the damage that natural disasters do to rural agriculture and forestry operations in West Virginia," said Commissioner Walt Helmick.

About $700,000 has been approved through the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) based on information already collected from the counties.

Helmick says the majority of the funding will go to remove tree debris from farmland and fence lines.

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