Cost Share Programs for Forest Stand Improvement

Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP):

Funder: The State of Wisconsin (Wisconsin DNR).

What it funds: stewardship plans, tree planting, tree protection (fencing, tree shelters), site prep, rental equipment for these projects, invasive species management.

How much does it fund: Up to 50% of the cost of your project. You can count the time you invest into implementing the project at $15/hour toward match.

More Information: On the DNR Website.

Good way to start: Call your County Forester and talk to them about the project you are thinking about. Ask them if your project idea would likely get funded. You can also ask if the Forester is available to do a site visit. Submit your Wisconsin Landowner Grant Application (Form 2400-126) and W-9. Be sure that you are awarded funds BEFORE you start work on your project!

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP):

 

Forest Management Plan (CAP-106)

Funder: The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) - Federal

What it funds: A forest management plan for your property. This plan provides the “foundation” to apply for numerous other EQIP funded plans. Managed Forest Law (MFL) provides a similar plan, but also provides tax benefits and is regulatory.

How much does it fund: Up to the full cost of the plan. You hire a forester who has a “Technical Service Provider” to write the plan. Typically they ask for the same amount you are reimbursed (In 2018 - $1,078 for less than 20 acres; $1,362 for 21-100 acres; $2,440.48 for 101-250 acres).

More Information: On the NRCS Website.

Good way to start: Call your county NRCS office. Phone numbers available here.

 

Forest Stand Improvement (CPS-666)

Requirements: a MFL Forest Management Plan, Stewardship Plan, or CAP-106 Forest Management Plan.

Funder: The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) - Federal

What it funds: Provides funds for forest stand improvement techniques. The aim of this program is to increase the quality and quantity of forest products and plant communities, reduce potential damage from wildlife and pests, and to improve the forest by adjusting the number of trees per acre.

How much does it fund: Around $50 - $400 an acre, depending on the scenario.

More Information: On the NRCS Website.

Good way to start: Call your county NRCS office. Phone numbers available here.

 

Brush Management (CPS-314)

Requirements: a MFL Forest Management Plan, Stewardship Plan, CAP-106 Forest Management Plan, or Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) plan.

Funder: The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) - Federal

What it funds: Provides funds to control invasive woody species such as honeysuckle, autumn olive, and multiflora rose.

How much does it fund: Around $50 - $350 an acre, depending on the level of infestation and method used for control.

More Information: On the NRCS Website.

Good way to start: Call your county NRCS office. Phone numbers available here.

 

Tree/Shrub Establishment (CPS-612)

Requirements: a MFL Forest Management Plan, Stewardship Plan, or CAP-106 Forest Management Plan.

Funder: The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) - Federal

What it funds: Provides funds to plant new seedlings and shrubs.

How much does it fund: Broken down at a per tree basis ($1-$8 range) or per acre ($150-$325) depending on the type of tree, protection from browse, and density.

More Information: On the NRCS Website.

Good way to start: Call your county NRCS office. Phone numbers available here.

Click here if you want to learn more about cost share programs for invasive species and wildlife habitat.

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