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Forestry

Longleaf pine flourishes at Blackwater State Forest.

 

Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Forests provide habitat for wildlife, filter air and water and offer recreational opportunities. Forests cover about half of Florida’s land area, most in the northern half of the state. Statewide, 70 percent of almost 16 million acres of forests are privately owned; the rest is owned by state, federal or local governments. Florida is one of nine states included in the Longleaf Pine Initiative. Longleaf pine forests once encompassed more than 90 million acres of the North American landscape. Today, only three percent remain and, yet, longleaf pine forests represent some of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems. The longleaf pine ecosystem provides critical habitat for 29 threatened and endangered species. 

Through the Farm Bill, NRCS offers technical and financial support to private non-industrial forest landowners to make improvements to their stands. Participants may receive financial assistance for implementing conservation practices to improve or restore longleaf pine, including site preparation, planting, installing firebreaks, conducting prescribed burning and controlling invasive plants.

Technical & Financial Assistance

A NRCS planner will work with you to develop your forest management plan. NRCS financial help is available and may reimburse up to 50 to 90 percent of your costs.

Technical Service Providers

NRCS Technical Service Providers are individuals or businesses to help you write and implement Forestry Conservation Activity Plans. For more information, see the NRCS TechReg site.

Contact Us

Contact your local NRCS office to ask questions about NRCS forestry assistance. Here are other resources to guide you: