Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 

 

Figure 1. Pitch tubes of the southern pine beetle (SPB), Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann, on outer bark. Photograph by James. R. Meeker, FDACS, Division of Forestry.  Lateral view of southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann. Photograph by David T. Almquist, University of Florida.

The Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program is offered to eligible non-industrial private forest landowners by the Florida Forest Service through temporary grants from the USDA Forest Service.

Periodic southern pine beetle outbreaks in Florida have resulted in millions of cubic feet of pine timber killed on thousands of acres. The goal of this program is to minimize southern pine beetle damage in Florida by helping forest landowners conduct management practices that can make their pine stands less susceptible to this destructive insect pest.

Forest management practices such as thinning, prescribed burning, other competition control, and use of less-susceptible pine species can improve the health of pine stands and decrease their likelihood of developing southern pine beetle infestations.

Program Information

The program offers partial cost reimbursement or incentive payments for:

  • First pulpwood thinning
  • Prescribed burning
  • Planting longleaf and/or slash pine
  • Mechanical underbrush treatments

All payments are made at specified per-acre or per-seedling rates. Please see the Technical Guidelines Booklet for available practices, practice requirements and payment rates.

The program is limited to 44 northern Florida counties located within the range of the southern pine beetle. Qualified landowners may apply for up to two approved practices per year. The minimum tract size requirement is 10 acres (5 acres for First Pulpwood Thinning) and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. Only one application per landowner is permitted per year.

Applying to the Program

This program will accept new applications through July 1, 2022

To apply to the program, landowners should utilize the following documents to make an application.  Further assistacne can be provided by contacting your local Florida Forest Service County Forester.

2022 Guidelines and Forms

Applications received before the start of the application period, or received (or postmarked) after the end date will not be considered, or will receive lowest priority ranking for any remaining available funds. All applications received at any time during the application period will be equally evaluated and ranked for funding approval using established criteria. The program is supported through temporary grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and limited funding is available.