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Cost share incentives for tree planting and forest stand improvement activities are currently offered in preparation for the May sign-up period

Nashville, TENNESSEE – According to the statement, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry encourages family woodland owners to apply for technical and financial assistance to establish or enrich their forests.

Officials also said that loggers can apply to improve harvesting capacity and enhance protection of water quality.

Financial assistance to landowners and loggers is available through numerous agencies and programs.

Each program has different objectives, and TDF Area Foresters can help navigate options, eligibility rules, and sign-up periods.

Most programs reimburse the recipient a share of the cost. Cost shares can range from covering 50 to 100 percent of costs, and most have a maximum of $15,000 per program, per recipient.

State Forester David Arnold released the following statement:

“The Division of Forestry’s landowner assistance programs promote sustainable forest management on family-owned private woodlands for the multiple uses and benefits provided by forested landscapes. The cost share model assists landowners and the loggers and sawmills who buy from them in implementing forest management practices that yield healthy, resilient, and productive forests.”

More information here.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.