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Agriculture Press Release

October 13, 1998

Forestry Incentives Program Offers Assistance to Landowners

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced that landowners may sign up for the Forestry Incentives Program (FIP) in November.

FIP is a federally sponsored program that provides cost-share assistance to landowners to reforest at least 20 acres of unproductive land or to improve the growth of an existing stand of timber. Private landowners who own less than 1,000 acres of forest land and are not in the business of manufacturing forest products are eligible to apply. Once an application is approved, landowners can receive reimbursement for up to 65 percent of the cost of site preparation, planting and other stand improvement treatments.

Congress is considering legislation that would provide a significant amount of FIP funding for Florida to help forest landowners replant following this summers devastating wildfires. Applicants who are planning to replant areas damaged by this years fires, flooding, or drought will receive priority for these FIP funds. Those who have suffered wildfire damage may also apply for a waiver of the 1,000-acre ownership limitation.

"This is an excellent opportunity for landowners who suffered damage from wildfires, flooding or drought to recover some of the costs of reforestation," Crawford said.

Landowners may apply for FIP by contacting a local office of the U.S. Department of Agricultures Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry. Information also is available by calling the Division of Forestry at (850) 414-9907 or the Natural Resources Conservation Service at (352) 338-9510.

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For more information:

Charlie Marcus
(850) 414-9907


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