Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program

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Agency NameFlorida Forest Service
AffiliationUS Forest Service
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Project Annual Funding Level Varies depending on US Forest Service Funding
Range of Funding (Landowner) Up to $10,000
Criteria for funding project Non-industrial private landowners who own at least 10 acres, but not more than 5000 acres, of land in Florida.
Geographic Coverage AreaAlachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, ,Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Pasco, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington.
Description of ProgramThis program offers a fixed-rate, per-acre or per-seedling cost reimbursement for pre-commercial thinning, prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments, and longleaf seedling establishment. The program also offers an incentive payment for landowners who conduct a first pulpwood thinning. The program is limited to 44 northern Florida counties located within the range of southern pine beetle. Qualified landowners may apply for up to two approved practices per state fiscal year.
When are landowner applications accepted?During announced sign-up period, currently closed, Forms and guidelines are available on the program website or from FFS County Foresters.
Match Required?Yes. The cost-share reimbursement rates are fixed, and are based on 50% of the estimated average cost of performing each practice. The incentive payment for the first pulpwood thinning practice is offered to supplement the revenue gained by the landowner through the pulpwood harvest.
Target Invasive Species?Southern Pine Beetle - a native species
Any other Requirements or Eligibility? Only non-industrial private forest landowners who own at least 10, but not more than 5000, acres of forest land in FL are eligible. Minimum tract size requirement is 10 contiguous acres. Funding requests may not exceed $10,000 per year. See application form for other eligibility and practice requirements.
Agreement RequiredYes. Must maintain treated acreage as a pine stand for 5 years.
Permanent Contact PersonJeffery Eickwort. Contact your local Division of Forestry County Forester to apply. County Forester contact info is available at
Contact number352-395-4689
contacted last2016-11-18 00:00:00.0