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.

The AFC will provide the following services for the listed fees: prescribed burning, fire lane construction, and create small wildlife openings less that 5 acres in size.

Service Cost
Site Preparation Burns $25 per acre
Understory Burn $20 per acre
Farm Tractor or Equivalent $100 per hour
Medium Tractor or Dozer $125 per hour
Large Tractor or Dozer $160 per hour
Disking $375 minimum
Drum Chopping (Northwest Alabama only) $185 per acre*

Note:Minimum service fees: $750 for a dozer, $500 for burning, and $375 for Disking will be applied per invoice. All invoices are to be paid with credit card or e-check.

Properties located in Clarke, Choctaw, Marengo, Washington, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Hale, Greene, Russell, Bullock, Macon, Etowah, Cleburne, Calhoun, & Cherokee counties are eligible for Landowner Services Program. In the online application, participants will be required to answer questions that pertain directly to eligibility. Submittal and receipt of an application by the Prescribed Burning Coordinator does not guarantee the Alabama Forestry Commission will be implementing any of these landowner services on your property. AFC program staff will review the applications, which will be accepted or rejected based on the program specific eligibility requirements. After eligible sites are evaluated by AFC personnel, the local AFC office will reach out to you for further instruction. Click Here to apply

For more information contact your local Alabama Forestry Commission office.

* Mileage rate $5.00 / mile, charged for delivery / retrieval of drum and tractor for landowners choosing to rent only the drum. Rate is $15 / acre + mileage.