Incentives come in the form of cost share payments, annual payments, and/or easement values that serve to offset the initial cost of what is usually a long term forestry investment. Several cost sharing and incentive programs are available to help Georgia landowners meet forestry management goals:

Statewide Programs

  • Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program (SPB)
    • Pine stands with a high component of hardwood competition (one third or greater) are often stressed and are at a high risk for damage from southern pine beetle (SPB). By removing the hardwood component and leaving the pines, tree health and vigor improves and allows each tree a better chance of fighting off SPB attacks if they occur.
  • Invasive Plant Control Program (IPCP) 
    • A program administered by GFC and funded by the U.S. Forest Service. Forestry practices covered include the use of herbicides (or a combination of mechanical and herbicide treatments) to eradicate nonnative, invasive plants.
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
    • Forestry practices covered include prescribed burning, site preparation & tree planting, pre-commercial & commercial thinning, road stabilization and wildlife management practices.
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
    • A cost share and rental payment program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
    • A cost share that is targeted to producers who maintain a higher level of environmental stewardship.
  • Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)
    • A cost share that helps the owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters.
  • Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
    • Forestry practices covered include practices that enhance or increase habitat for threatened and endangered species. Contract lengths are 10-year or 30-year agreements to permanent easements.
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW)
    • Forestry practices covered include stream restoration, livestock exclusion, restoring native vegetation in uplands, planting longleaf pine and establishing native ground cover.
  • Wildlife Incentives for Nongame and Game Species (Project WINGS)
    • This program is eligible to landowners, leaseholders, hunting clubs, wildlife organizations, government entities, and others committed to managing right-of-ways for wildlife. Eligible right-of-ways include: Georgia Power, Georgia Transmission, MEAG Power, Savannah Electric, and AGL Resources.

Region Specific Programs

  • Huber “Trees for Georgia” Program
    • Huber Engineered Woods LLC has donated $25,000 to fund the purchase of pine seedlings to be planted within the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Stephens, Taliaferro, Walton, White and Wilkes. The funds will be used to purchase GFC seedlings, which will be given to qualified landowners.
    • 2020 – 2021 Public notice
  • One Tree Planted – Oak Establishment Program
    • One Tree Planted is providing funding to purchase oak tree seedlings for private landowners in north Georgia (Regions 1 & 2). The funds will be used to purchase GFC seedlings, which will be given to qualified landowners.
    • 2020 -2021 Public notice
  • South Georgia Longleaf Seedling Program
    • GFC has received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to implement a landscape level project in 19 counties in southern Georgia. Eligible counties include Appling, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Decatur, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Liberty, Long, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Mitchell, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Toombs and Wayne. Sites that were previously in longleaf pine or high priority sites that contain wiregrass, gopher tortoise/indigo snake will receive priority for this program.
  • Shortleaf Pine & Oak Restoration in the Georgia Cumberlands Cost Share Project
    • The Shortleaf Pine & Oak Restoration in the Georgia Cumberlands Cost Share Project is intended to help promote shortleaf pine and shortleaf pine/oak ecosystems.
  • South Georgia Landscape Restoration Cost Share Project
    • GFC is partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Southern Company, American Forest Foundation (AFF) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement a landscape-level project in 19 counties in southern Georgia. Eligible counties include Appling, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Decatur, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Liberty, Long, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Mitchell, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Toombs and Wayne.
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  • Georgia Sentinel Landscape Prescribed Fire Initiative
    • The Georgia Sentinel Landscape Prescribed Fire Initiative is focused on helping landowners utilize prescribed fire as a land management tool to manage and maintain healthy forestlands.
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