What is FRDP?
The Forest Resource Development Program (FRDP) provides financial assistance to eligible landowners for establishing and improving a crop of trees. This program helps offset a landowner’s expenses by sharing the cost of implementing specific forestry practices designed to produce timber and enhance wildlife development.
Cost-share payments cover 50 or 75 percent (depending on the practice) of the total cost of implementing one or more forestry practices, not to exceed a maximum limit set for each individual practice. Eligible landowners can receive up to $7,000.00 of FRDP assistance each year. In turn, a landowner agrees to protect the area receiving FRDP assistance from fire and grazing and to properly manage the area for a minimum of ten years.
Created in 1974 when state legislature passed the Mississippi Forest Resource Development Act, FRDP has since played a significant role in providing landowners the financial support needed to turn idle and unproductive lands into well-stocked, responsibly managed forest land teeming with game and non-game species of wildlife. FRDP is funded by the Timber Severance Tax - a state tax collected when timber is harvested. The Mississippi Forestry Commission administers the program and provides technical assistance to FRDP participants.
Participate in the Forest Resource Development Program
If you would like to participate in the FRDP, contact your local MFC office and fill out the FRDP Application.
Your local MFC office will confirm funding amounts and participation in the FRDP when your application is finalized.
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MS Forestry Commission
Stewardship Coordinator/Water Quality Forester
3524 Risher Road
Carthage, Mississippi 39051 Phone:
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- Leake County, Mississippi