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AFC Direct Service Fees


The AFC will utilize personnel and equipment for a fee to assist private landowners with the performance of certain forest management practices not readily available from the private sector in an effort to maintain, enhance and/or protect timber, wildlife, water, and soil quality.

These services are to be made available and performed on a regional basis to ensure all landowners have equal access to such services and when such use of equipment and manpower does not unduly jeopardize the wildfire suppression effort and the work does not conflict with services available from private enterprise.

It is the intent of the AFC to provide prescribed burning assistance only where forestry consultants, contract operators, or specialized equipment are unavailable to furnish this service to small private landowners.

The AFC will provide the following services for the listed fees: prescribed burning, fire lane construction, and creating small wildlife openings (less than 5 acres).

Rates Effective April 1, 2015

Site preparation burns: $25.00 per acre
Understory burn: $20.00 per acre

Farm tractor or equivalent: $80.00 per hour
JD350/D2, JD450/D3, JD550/D4 or equivalent tractors: $80.00 per hour
JD650/D5, JD750/D6 or equivalent tractors: $100.00 per hour
D7 or equivalent tractors: $120.00 per hour


Note: A minimum service fee of $250.00 should only be applied once per year to a landowner/vendor
for all direct services provided.

 For more information contact your local Alabama Forestry Commission office.