Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The primary objective of the Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentives Program is to increase the acreage of healthy longleaf pine ecosystems in Florida by helping non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners to make the long-term investment required to establish and maintain this valuable ecosystem. Toward this end, the program offers NIPF landowners technical guidance and incentive payments for conducting certain approved forest management practices that help establish or improve longleaf pine stands.
The program offers incentive payments for:
- Longleaf pine seedling establishment
- Timber stand improvement
- Prescribed burning
- Native plant understory establishment
- Mechanical underbrush treatments
- Invasive exotic plant treatment
All payments are made at specified per-acre or per-seedling rates. Please see the 2017 Technical Guidelines Booklet [ ] for available practices, practice requirements, and payment rates.
The program is limited to Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties. Qualified landowners may apply for up to four approved practices per year. The minimum tract size requirement is 10 acres, and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. Only one application per landowner is permitted per year.
This program is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service (FFS) and is funded through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with financial support from The Southern Company, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Department of Defense, Halliburton, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.