Longleaf pine forests are highly valued for their durability against natural disasters, insects and disease and also for their yield of high quality wood products. The Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program is a restoration program that is guided by the Florida Forest Service with the financial assistance of organizations such as the Southern Company, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Qualified Incentive Program Activities
Financial and technical assistance is provided to non-industrial privately owned forests in an effort to promote activities that will help restore and improve longleaf pine forests. The Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program provides incentive payments for certain completed activities including:
1. Seedling establishment
2. Stand Improvement
3. Prescribed burning
4. Understory establishment
5. Underbrush treatments
6. Invasive plant treatment
Private landowners who are interested in participating in this restoration initiative can find more information on the Florida Department of agriculture and Consumer Services’ website. For parties interested in purchasing Florida timberland for sale, we highly recommend seeking the guidance of one of our highly qualified real estate land professionals.
The program is available to private lands in Florida counties west of the Apalachicola River including 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, as well as land located near the Ocala and Osceola National Forests.
Incentive payments are made based on a per-acre or per-seedling rate with a minimum tract size of 10 acres. Landowners who are qualified to participate in the program may apply for up to four approved activities per year.