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, restore healthy, more beetle resistant forests and suppress current beetle infestations. 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.

SPB prevention practices include: 1. non-commercial thinning of loblolly/shortleaf pine stands; 2. pine release of loblolly/shortleaf pine stands; 3. prescribed burning of loblolly/shortleaf pine stands & young longleaf stands (10 years old or less). SPB forest restoration practices include: tree planting - loblolly, slash, longleaf, shortleaf and white pine, as well as commercial hardwoods. 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). Once the practice is completed, the forester will inspect the area 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).
  • No more than one application for prevention practices and one application for forest restoration per land parcel.
  • 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 $2,000 in payment(s) for any non-commercial thinning, pine release and prescribed burning practices. The landowner can also receive $2,000 in payments for tree planting practices. Cost share will not exceed 75% of the documented costs for any practice.
  • To qualify for tree planting, timber must already be harvested or the land open and the site capable of being prepared and planted by April of 2019.
  • All practices have a 10 acre minimum.
  • 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 in order 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

Cost Share Rates

Non-Commercial Thinning $ 70 per acre
Release $ 40 per acre
Prescribed Burning $ 5 per acre
Pine Planting (loblolly, slash, shortleaf and white; includes site prep, planting and seedlings) $80 per acre
Longleaf Pine Planting (includes site prep, planting and containerized seedlings) $115 per acre
Hardwood Planting (includes site prep, planting and seedlings) $115 per acre


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