Written by Ryan Phillips, Cost Share Coordinator

Currently the Georgia Forestry Commission is accepting applications for two programs that provide financial incentives to help landowners manage their forestland.

The purpose of the Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program (SPB) is to help landowners implement forestry practices that will improve forest health and tree vigor in pine stands susceptible to the southern pine beetle. Four practices are eligible for the SPB 2021 funding year: non-commercial thinning ($70/acre), herbicide release ($32/acre), prescribed burning ($5/acre), and southern pine beetle suppression. Click here to view the SPB application and apply. DEADLINE JUNE 18!

The other opportunity available is the Invasive Plant Control Cost Share Program (IPCP). The purpose of IPCP is to promote healthy forests by eliminating nonnative, invasive plants. The program reimburses forest landowners $60 an acre to chemically treat exotic privet, Japanese climbing fern, Chinese tallowtree, chinaberry, and callery pear.

Click here to view the IPCP application and apply. Additional information for both these programs can be found on the cost share webpage or by contacting your local GFC forester. DEADLINE JUNE 18!

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