Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program accepting applications

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One program is aiming to increase healthy Longleaf Pine ecosystems in our area.

The Florida Forest Service's Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program helps landowners make the long-term investment required to maintain the Longleaf ecosystem.

Longleaf pine forests are native to the southeastern United States but have been dramatically reduced.

The program offers incentive payments for several types of improvements and treatments.

"Longleaf is very, very tolerant of prescribed burning, even at a young age as a seedling stage," Senior Forester Barry Stafford with the Florida Forest Service said. "Prescribed burning is also very good for wildlife as well."

The program is available to private landowners in Florida counties located west of the Aucilla River and several counties near the Ocala National Forest.

The Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program is now accepting applications from eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners.

"They just complete up to a one-page application for whichever practice they want to apply for," Stafford said. "We'll submit it and keep our fingers crossed to see what happens."

Applications will be accepted now through Friday, July 13.

A link to the application form and requirements can be found at FreshFromFlorida.com.