Skip to Main Content

TAEP for Forest Landowners

AG_TAEP_Landowners

Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program

FORESTRY PRACTICES FOR HEALTHY FORESTS

The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) was developed to promote long term investments in Tennessee’s livestock, farming operations, and forest resources by providing cost share funds to qualifying producers and communities. TAEP is a direct result of Tennessee’s continued commitment to supporting rural, and urban forest resources along with Tennessee’s agricultural community.

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

Forest landowners are eligible to receive a 50% - 75% cost share reimbursement for funds spent with a combined maximum reimbursement of $15,000 per year. Cost share sign-up period is between May 1 to May 31. Interested landowners should contact their local Area Forester to determine eligibility and complete the planning process in advance of the sign-up period.


Forest Establishment Cost Share

The Forest Establishment cost share is an incentive for landowners to establish hardwood or softwood forest stands for multiple benefits. Eligible practices include site preparation, planting seedlings, and vegetation control.  The cost share amount is based on the components required by the forester and the corresponding rates and maximums found below. Maximum cost share for TAEP Forestry Practices combined is $15,000 per landowner per year.

COMPONENT DESCRIPTION  COST SHARE RATE  MAXIMUM PER UNIT 
SITE PREPARATION
(prior to planting thru June after planting)

Chemical or mechanical site
preparation for artificial regeneration
of hardwoods and softwoods
50%
$50.00 per acre - woody vegetation  control
50%
$35.00 per acre - herbaceous vegetation  control
50%
$100.00 per acre - woody vegetation control, requires special need
Prescribed burning as needed to
establish a forest
50%
$21.00 per acre – prescribed burning
Rotary mowing to help facilitate
artificial regeneration of hardwoods
and softwoods
50%
$7.50 per acre – rotary mowing
Subsoiling to break up compacted
subsurface layers
50%
$12.50 per acre - subsoiling
Midstory and vine removal
75%
$82.50 per acre  - midstory removal
Site preparation for natural
regeneration of hardwoods
75%
$82.50 per acre – natural regeneration
SOFTWOODS
Planting softwoods on applicable
agricultural, pasture, and cutover
timberlands
50%
$50.00 per acre loblolly pine
50%
$55.00 per acre shortleaf pine
50%
$65.00 per acre white pine
50%
$87.50 per acre bald cypress
50%
$35.00 per acre, planting softwoods (labor  only)
HARDWOODS
Planting hardwoods
50%
$100.00 per acre – planting hardwoods (seedlings & labor)
50%
$65.00 per acre, planting hardwoods (labor only)

AG_TAEP_Landowners1

Forest Stand Improvement Cost Share

The Forest Stand Improvement cost share is an incentive for landowners to actively manage existing forest stands. Active management improves the long-term health and vigor of forests which provide multiple benefits. Maximum cost share for TAEP Forestry Practices combined is $15,000 per landowner per year.

 

COMPONENT DESCRIPTION COST SHARE RATE MAXIMUM PER UNIT
COMPETITION CONTROL - YOUNG STANDS
Chemical or mechanical release of natural
or planted stands of hardwood or softwood,
1 to 10 year old stands
50%
$50.00 per acre - woody vegetation control
50%
$35.00 per acre - herbaceous vegetation control
PRE-COMMERCIAL THINNING
Pre-commercial thinning natural and planted
pine stands where overstocking threatens
stand health.
50%
$55.00 per acre - pre-commercial thinning
CROP TREE RELEASE - POLE-SIZE TIMBER
Chemical or mechanical release of crop trees
where active thinning markets do not exist, 15
to 45 year old stands
50%
$45.00 per acre - softwood
75%
$67.50 per acre - hardwood

Eligibility 

Eligible participants for forest practices include private individuals; joint owners; corporations (except wood-using industries) without publicly-traded stock; and non-profit organizations and groups. Participants must be Tennessee residents or be a business incorporated in Tennessee. Ineligible participants include federal, state, and local governments; wood-using industries or entities that derive more than 50 percent of their gross income from wood-using industries; corporations with publicly-traded stock; public utility companies; and commercial campgrounds, commercial hunting preserves, and commercial recreation areas.

Eligible stands include single ownerships of at least 10 acres of forestland, at least 5 contiguous acres, and at least 120 feet in width. The forest ownership and treatment area size requirements are waived when the treatment area is a riparian zone.

Click here for a printable version of this information.