Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Cost Share Program

The purpose of the SPB cost share program is to help landowners implement various silvicultural practices that will prevent (or minimize) impacts of southern pine beetle infestations, to suppress current southern pine beetle infestations and to restore healthy, more beetle resistant forests. The primary silvicultural practices targeted under this prevention program are those that enhance the health and vigor of existing pine stands by controlling density/stocking rates and competition levels. Any forest restoration efforts will focus on planting the most appropriate tree species based on the site.

Five practice areas are included for SPB 2014 Cost-Share: non-commercial thinning, pine release, prescribed burning, tree planting and southern pine beetle suppression. Technical assistance will be provided to landowners by GFC foresters who will provide and process the applications, evaluate the site, and then determine the steps the landowner should take to expect successful results (resource management plan). The forester will then inspect the area once the practice is completed to determine if the management plan was successfully implemented.

Some general guidelines for this program are:

  • Applicant must own property or have authority to carry out practice (such as Power of Attorney or a controlling interest in the ownership).
  • Landowner must sign an application to officially apply for cost share and return to GFC project forester for the county of ownership.
  • Program is open to private non-industrial landowners as well as lands owned by local/state governments (Cities, Counties, Boards of Education, etc.)
  • Landowner must fill out a W-9 withholding form, Vendor Management Form (direct deposit) & Lawful Presence Affidavit (proof of US citizenship).
  • An individual landowner can receive a maximum of $5,000 in payment(s) per federal fiscal year for any non-commercial thinning, pine release and prescribed burning practices, of which no more than $2,500 can be for burning. An individual can also receive a maximum of $5,000 in payment(s) per federal fiscal year for tree planing practices. Cost share will not exceed 75% of the documented costs for any practice.
  • Landowner must own a minimum of 10 acres of commercial forest land.
  • Practices installed before the landowner is approved for funding are not allowed.
  • Practices have up to a 10-year life span and if not maintained, the landowner will be required to repay the cost share for the affected acreage.
  • All practices must comply with the recommended Best Management Practices.
  • Priority points will be given to practices to maximize the goals of the program. Priority will also be given to Limited Resource Landowners. The total score is determined by multiplying the total points by the SPB hazard multiplier for the county as determined by the USFS SPB Hazard Map.


Cost Share Program Funds

Cost share program funds are provided by the U.S. Forest Service

Typical Cost Share Rates

Non-Commercial Thinning $ 70 per acre
Release $ 40 per acre
Prescribed Burning $ 5 per acre
Southern Pine Beetle Suppression $ 125 per acre
Hardwood Planting $90 - $115 per acre
Longleaf Planting $80 - $115 per acre
Pine Planting (Loblolly, Slash, Shortleaf and White Pine) $55 - $80 per acre


Thanks to our partner in conservation and protection for providing project funding. The GFC is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.