Florida Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

Program Description
The primary objective of the SPB Prevention Cost-Share Program is to prevent SPB damage and outbreaks in Florida by helping non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners to reduce the susceptibility of their forests. Toward this end, the program offers NPIF landowners up to 50% reimbursement toward the cost of certain approved forest management practices (thinning and prescribed burning) that help prevent SPB infestations. This program is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Forestry (DOF) and is funded through grants from the USDA Forest Service.

Eligibility Requirements
1) Eligible Ownership Types: Only non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners who own at least 10 acres of forest land in Florida are eligible to apply for funding through this program. These NIPF owners may include private individuals, joint owners, non-profit organizations, or corporations that are not wood-using industries and do not have publiclytraded stock. Ineligible owners include lands controlled by federal, state, and local governments, wood-using industries or entities that derive more than 50% of their gross income from wood-using industries; corporations with publicly-traded stock, or public utility companies.

2) Location: This program is applicable only on properties located within the known range of the Southern Pine Beetle in Florida. This includes Florida DOF Field Operation Regions 1 and 2, and certain counties in Region 3:

Region 1 Counties: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.

Region 2 Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union.

Region 3 Counties: Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Orange, Pasco, St. Johns, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia.

Application and Program Procedure
1) The landowner obtains (from a Division of Forestry office) a copy of the SPB Prevention Cost-Share Program Technical Guidelines (this booklet) and an application form.

2) The landowner contacts the forester or natural resource professional of his/her choice to receive practice recommendations and/or assistance with completing the application form and a tract map. The tract map must include a north arrow, map scale, landowner’s name, section-township-range (STR) of property, the property boundary, all practice area boundaries clearly outlined and labeled, and access roads into the property.

3) The landowner requests a tract visit from a DOF forester, who verifies that the stand conditions meet the specific requirements for the proposed treatment (see stand requirements in Sections D and E), and that the treatment proposed is feasible. Both the DOF forester and the landowner sign the application form under the section labeled “Initial Project Approval.”

4) The landowner mails the signed application (all copies) and the tract map to the program coordinator at the Forest Health Section:

SPB Prevention Cost-Share Program
c/o Dr. Bud Mayfield
Florida Division of Forestry
1911 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608







Contact Florida Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

Contact Florida Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

Dr. Bud Mayfield
Florida Division of Forestry
1911 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, Florida  32608
Phone: (352) 372-3505 x119


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Florida