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Cost Share for Forest Industry

Cost Share Forest Industry 1

TAEP and SPBI for Forest Industry

Cost share programs administered by  the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry are provided to assist forest landowners and industry with improving forest health and sustainability. The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) is a direct result of Tennessee’s continued commitment to supporting rural and urban forest resources along with Tennessee’s agricultural community. The Southern Pine Beetle Initiative (SPBI) funds are provided by the USDA Forest Service and administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry (TDF).

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Cost Share Forest Industry 2

SUMMARY

Forestry cost share programs under the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) and Southern Pine Beetle Initiative  (SPBI)  were  developed to promote long term investments in Tennessee’s forests by providing cost share incentives to qualifying landowners and forest industry. The programs help promote sustainable forest management practices by forest industry on private family-owned woodlands. These practices provide multiple resource benefits  such as timber, wildlife habitat, clean water, and soil protection.

Forest industry practitioners, such as loggers and sawmill owners, are eligible to receive a 50% cost share reimbursement for funds spent. TAEP and SPBI each have a maximum reimbursement of $15,000 per year. TAEP cost share is available for sign-up year-round, while SPBI sign-up period is between May 1 to May 31. Interested industry participants should contact their local Area Forester to determine eligibility and complete the planning process in advance of the sign-up period.


Cost Share Forest Industry 3

Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) Best Management Practices Cost Share

TAEP Best Management Practices Cost Share is an incentive for timber harvesting or wood using industries to avoid or minimize negative environmental and water quality impacts, resulting from timber harvesting. Wood pallet mats, wood and steel skidder bridges, stream-crossing grids and rock, geotextile fabric, erosion EELS, and silt fences are included.  The cost share amount is based on 50 percent of the participant’s eligible cost, not to exceed the maximum per unit. The maximum cost share for all TAEP practices is $15,000 per participant per year.

Eligibility

Eligible participants for forestry practices include timber harvesting companies; wood-using industries; and entities that derive more than 50 percent of their gross income from wood-using industries that cut and process standing timber in Tennessee. Participants must be Tennessee residents or be a business incorporated in Tennessee. Ineligible participants include private individuals; joint owners; corporations and non-profit organizations and groups not associated with wood-using industries. Ineligible participants also include federal, state, and local governments.

COMPONENT DESCRIPTION
COST SHARE RATE
MAXIMUM PER UNIT
TEMPORARY STREAM CROSSING STRUCTURE (SKIDDER    BRIDGE SPANS)
Wood or steel structures, used as temporary stream crossings for skidders; must meet design specifications and are to be
removed upon completion of timber harvesting activities.
50%
$1,000 per structure Wood Skidder Bridge
50%
$4,000 per structure Steel Skidder Bridge
50%
A minimum of two 4 ft. wide structures must be purchased.
WET  AREA  CROSSING  STRUCTURE  (PALLET MATS)
Wood structures providing access across wet areas; must 
meet design specifications and are to prevent excessive rutting
on timber harvest roads, structures are to be removed upon
completion of timber harvesting activities.
50%
$325 per structure Pallet Mats
50%
Purchase of up to 30 structures is authorized per entity per year
EROSION  STABILIZATION MATERIALS
Materials to stabilize sediment, resulting from stream-crossing
activities on timber harvest sites. Allowable materials include
stream-crossing stabilization grid, associated rock, geotextile
soil protection fabric, erosion EELS/silt socks, and silt fences/
straw wattles/hay bales.
50%
$3,500 per crossing
– stream crossing

Cost Share Forest Industry 4

Southern Pine Beetle Initiative (SPBI) Risk Reduction Cost Share: Improving an Existing Stand

SPBI First Commercial Thinning Cost Share is an incentive for loggers to lower the risk of Southern Pine Beetle infestation by improving existing pine stands that may not be profitable because of the small acreage or long haul distance to a pine market. The cost share amount is based on 50 percent of the participant’s documented cost. The maximum cost share for all SPBI practices is $15,000 per participant per year.

Eligibility

Eligible stands for the 1st commercial thinning component must be 12 to 25 years of age and have an average basal area of at least 110 sq. ft. per acre. Eligibility is also based on stand size and distance to a pine market. Stands inside a 50 mile radius of a pine market must be 5-15 acres, inside a 100 mile radius must be 5-25 acres, and stands outside of a 100 mile radius must be 5-35 acres in size. Stand size includes all qualifying pine acreage on a tract of a single ownership.

COMPONENT DESCRIPTION
COST SHARE RATE
MAXIMUM PER UNIT
FIRST  COMMERCIAL THINNING
First commercial thinning of pine on small acreages; pine
stands must be overstocked and capable of a healthy response
to thinning;  minimum stand size increases with distance to
a pine market; the nearest pine market must be at least 50
miles;  eligible acreage ranges from 5 to 35 acres.
50%
$1,800.00 per stand
- first commercial thinning