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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Forestry and Wildlife Cost Share Programs

A quick reference designed to provide Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF) landowners with a brief overview of the primary federal cost-share programs that are available to assist them in implementing forestry and wildlife practices.

The following information does not represent the entire list of programs available to landowners, just some of the more frequently used programs.

You will find the administering agency, the practices offered, limits to eligibility, cost-share rates, maximum yearly reimbursements, management plan requirements, and program life spans.

For more detailed information about landowner eligibility and specific practices that are cost-shared, contact your local County Forester or program administration Agency listed for each program.


Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Contact

Local program administration agency for the CRP or EQIP programs: 

Local USDA Service Center

For more information on the CRP or EQIP programs, please contact:  

Your  local County Forester or

Tony Grossman 
Conservation Programs Manager
(850) 681-5874
(850) 681-5809 Fax
Anthony.Grossman@FreshFromFlorida.com

Administered by USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Landowners enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion, and develop wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with annual rental payments and cost-share assistance.

Practices Offered: Tree Planting Various Non-Forestry Practices.

Land Eligibility: Erosion Index of 8 or higher, unless a Conservation Priority such as longleaf pine or wetland restoration. Treatment area in production at least four years in the past six years.

Landowner Eligibility: All landowners as long as they meet the above land eligibility criteria.

Cost-Share Rate: 50% of State Average Installation Cost.

Maximum Reimbursement: Annual rental payment up to $50,000 per year.

Management Plan Requirement: One page tree improvement, or tree planting prescription, as part of a Conservation Plan of Operations.

Practice Lifespan: Ten (10) to Fifteen (15) years.

Program Administration Location:  Local USDA Service Center


Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Practices Offered: Tree Planting, Timber Stand Improvement, Various Non-Forestry Practices (tree growth is not an objective of EQIP).

Land Eligibility: Priority is given to Highly Erodible Lands (HEL), and parcels in Conservation Priority Areas.

Landowner Eligibility: All landowners as long as they meet the above land eligibility criteria.

Cost-Share Rate: 75% of State Average Installation Cost.

Maximum Reimbursement: Up to 10,000 per person, per year.

Management Plan Requirement: One page tree improvement, or tree planting prescription, as part of a Conservation Plan of Operations.

Practice Lifespan: Five (5) to Ten (10) years.

Program Administration Location:  Local USDA Service Center


Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Assistance and Prevention Program

Contact

Local program administration agency for the SPB Assistance and Prevention program:

Florida Forest Service County Forester

For information on the SPB Assistance and Prevention program:

Visit the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Cost-Share Program

Administered by the Florida Forest Service, funded by the USDA Forest Service.

Practices Offered: First pulpwood thinning, prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments, longleaf or slash pine planting.

Land Eligibility: Limited to 44 northern Florida counties located within the range of the southern pine beetle.  Minimum tract size 5 acres for thinning, 10 acres for all other practices.

Landowner Eligibility: Non-industrial private forest landowners with at least 5 acres, but not more than 5000 acres, of forest land in Florida.

Cost-Share Rate: Paid at fixed dollar-per-acre or dollar-per-seedling rates established for each practice.

Maximum Reimbursement: $10,000 per year.

Management Plan Requirement: Practice to be described on application form with detailed practice map. Although not required, applicants with a multi-resource forest management plan, or a commitment to obtaining/updating such a plan, receive associated points in the application ranking procedure.

Practice Lifespan: Practice area must be maintained as a forest stand for at least five (5) years.

SPB Program Administration Location:  Local Florida Forest Service County Forester Office


Longleaf Legacy Landowner Incentive Program

Contact

Local program administration agency for the Longleaf Legacy program:

Florida Forest Service County Forester

For information on the Longleaf Legacy program:

Visit the Longleaf Legacy Landowner Incentive Program

Administered by the Florida Forest Service, funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation with support from US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Southern Company

Practices Offered: Invasive Exotic Plant Control, Timber Stand Improvement, Prescribed Burning, Longleaf Understory Native Vegetation Establishment, Mechanical Underbrush Treatment, and Longleaf Seedling Establishment.

Land Eligibility: Limited to 10 northern Florida counties located west of the Apalachicola River. Minimum tract size 10 acres.

Landowner Eligibility: Non-industrial private forest landowners with at least 10 acres, but not more than 5000 acres, of forest land in Florida.

Cost-Share Rate: Paid at fixed dollar-per-acre or dollar-per-seedling rates established for each practice.

Maximum Reimbursement: $10,000 per year.

Management Plan Requirement: Practice to be described on application form with detailed practice map. Although not required, applicants with a multi-resource forest management plan, or a commitment to obtaining/updating such a plan, receive associated points in the application ranking procedure.

Practice Lifespan: Practice maintained for at least ten (10) years.

CFA Program Administration Location:  Local Florida Forest Service County Forester Office or Anthony.Grossman@FreshFromFlorida.com