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Longleaf Pine Incentive Program for Landowners west of the Appalachicola

Longleaf PineFlorida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces Longleaf Pine Incentives for Landowners

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Florida Forest Service (FFS) is currently accepting applications  through June 27, 2014 for its Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program which offers Florida’s non-industrial private landowners incentive payments for longleaf pine restoration.

“Longleaf pine forests once covered a vast range from Texas to Virginia, but have been reduced over time to accommodate other land uses,” said Commissioner Putnam. “These forests are highly valued for their resistance to damage by insects, disease, wildfire, and storms, and for their yield of high quality wood products, biological diversity, and scenic beauty.”

The program works to increase the acreage of healthy longleaf pine ecosystems in Florida by helping non-industrial private forest landowners to make the necessary investments required to establish and maintain longleaf pine ecosystems. Funding is provided through a grant and support by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Southern Company, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Program participants receive incentive payments for various land improvements completed including invasive species control, prescribed burning, longleaf planting, and other practices that improve longleaf pine ecosystems and associated wildlife habitat. The program is offered for private lands in Florida counties located west of the Apalachicola River and those near the Ocala and Osceola National Forests.

Florida Forest Service LogoProgram Information

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. 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.  Please see the 2014 Technical Guidelines Booklet for available practices, practice requirements, and payment rates.

Interested applicants should contact their County Forester, or visit the Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program website,  for program requirements and procedures. Qualifying applicants will be evaluated and ranked for funding approval.

The program is limited to the Florida Counties located west of the Apalachicola River, as well as Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia.


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, US Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and US Fish & Wildlife Service.

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