To help combat the invasive Southern Pine Beetle the Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2018 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program from private forest landowners through June 29, 2018. The application process should be started no later than June 18, 2018 to allow enough time to meet the June 29th deadline.
The Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, supported through a grant by the United States Forest Service, provides incentive payments for landowners who conduct a first pulpwood thinning and offers partial cost reimbursement for activities, such as prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments, and the planting of longleaf or slash pine rather than the loblolly pine, the beetle’s preferred species. Qualified landowners can apply for up to two different practices per year, and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. All qualifying applications received during the submission period will be evaluated and ranked for approval.
To obtain an application or to learn more about the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, visit FreshFromFlorida.com/SouthernPineBeetle/Prevention. If you wish to discuss this program, call your Sumter County Forester, Arthur Clothier, at (352) 793-2431.