The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is accepting applications until Friday, July 13, 2018 for the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program. The application process should be started no later than July 5th to allow enough time to meet the July 13th deadline.
The goal of the program is to increase the acreage of healthy longleaf pine ecosystems in Florida by helping landowners make the long-term investment required to establish and maintain this valuable ecosystem. The program offers incentive payments for planting Longleaf pine, prescribed burning, native plant understory establishment, invasive species control, timber stand improvement, and mechanical underbrush treatments. The program is available in many Central and North Florida counties.
Longleaf pine forests originally covered 90 million acres of the Southeastern US and stretched from Virginia to Florida to East Texas. About 3% of the original longleaf pine forest has survived. Florida is home to more than half of the remaining longleaf pine forest. Of all the Southern pines, longleaf are the most resistant to fire, insects, disease and hurricane winds.
This 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, U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. To obtain an application or to learn more about the program, visit https://tinyurl.com/yccgr4a2 If you wish to discuss this program, or if you need assistance, call your Sumter County Forester, Arthur Clothier, at (352) 793-2431.