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Applications Being Accepted for the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program through July 13

Mature Longleaf Pine habitat. Photo by Judy Ludlow

The Florida Forest Service announced this week that the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program is now accepting applications from eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners. Applications will be accepted now through Friday, July 13, 2018.

Longleaf pine forests are native to the southeastern United States and are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America. Longleaf pines provide high quality wood products and are highly valued for their resistance to damage by insects, disease, wildfire and storms. Longleaf pine forests have been dramatically reduced to less than four percent of historical area due to urbanization and conversion to other land uses. Florida is currently home to more than 2 million acres of Longleaf pine ecosystems, which is more than half of all known longleaf pine ecosystems.

Application forms and more information on program requirements and procedures can be found by visiting the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program website or by contacting your local county forester. The program is supported through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with funding from the Southern Company, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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

The Longleaf Pine Program is limited to the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington in Northwest Florida and Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia in Central Florida. Qualified landowners may apply for up to four approved practices per year. The minimum tract size requirement is 5 acres, and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. Only one application per landowner is permitted per year.


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