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Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program - 2017 Annoucement


 

Technical assistance and financial incentives are now available to help forest landowners in Alabama implement prevention practices to reduce the susceptibility of their pine stands from a southern pine beetle attack. The southern pine beetle (SPB) is the number one killer of pines in Alabama. Unmanaged and overcrowded stands of southern pines are susceptible to attack.

The primary objective of the SPB Prevention Cost-share Program is to help forest (NIPF) landowners implement forest management practices that will ultimately reduce SPB damage and outbreaks in Alabama.

Here are the prevention practices that are available for incentive payments:

  • Non-commercial first thinning of a loblolly or shortleaf pine stand
  •  Borax treatment of a thinned loblolly or shortleaf pine stand
  •  Understory prescribed burn of a loblolly or shortleaf pine stand

There are certain requirements that must be met before a stand is eligible for the SPB Prevention Cost-share Program. The Technical Guidelines document states in greater detail the requirements that the landowner and the stand must fulfill in order to be approved to participate into the program. The guidelines are available at your local Alabama  Forestery Commission office.

  • This program is open to non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners who own between 10 and 5,000 acres of forest land in Alabama. Landowners can apply for and execute a SPB prevention practice for more than 100 acres, but the incentive payment for completing the practice(s) on 100 acres is the limit for reimbursement. These NIPF owners may include private individuals, joint owners, non-profit organizations, or corporations that are not wood-using industries and do not have publicly traded stock.
  • Ineligible owners include lands controlled by federal and local governments, wood-using industries or entities that derive more than 50% of their gross income from wood-using industries; corporations with publicly-traded stock, or public utility companies.
  •  The same acreage cannot be enrolled in other incentive or cost-share programs.
  •  The stand will not qualify for the SPB Prevention Cost-share Program if enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

All landowners interested in applying for the SPB Prevention Cost-share Program must contact the local Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) office.The local office is listed in the phone book as ‘Alabama - State of - Forestry Commission’. All AFC County Office information is also located on the agency’s website: www.forestry.alabama.gov. At the top of the webpage, click on “Contact Us” and then click on the appropriate county. If you are not sure of your local office’s address or phone number, contact Dana Stone, the Forest Health Coordinator at 334-240-9363. Interested landowners will receive a copy of the SPB Prevention Program Technical Guidelines and an application form from the local AFC County Office. The SPB Prevention Program Landowner Application Form is due by Friday, March 17, 2017 and must be returned to the local AFC County Office by that date.