Protecting Arkansas’s forests, and those who enjoy them, from wildland fire and natural hazards while promoting rural and urban forest health, stewardship, development, and conservation for all generations of Arkansans

Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

The Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program (SPBPP) is designed to offer landowners and loggers an incentive to accomplish thinning in overly dense pine forests. Often these incentives can offset any undesirably low pulpwood prices. Any private landowner with at least 10 acres of dense pine forest (determined according to a pine basal area greater than 120 acres) is eligible for the program. A single landowner may not receive more than $10,000 in a single application year. First commercial thinnings, noncommercial thinnings, in-woods chipping, and prescribed burning are eligible practices. Practices for site preparation and seedling establishment of shortleaf pine are now eligible for 50% cost share through the program

The following documents are used by a County Forester to enroll a landowner:

Project Plan for Planting

Application for Shortleaf Planting

Project Plan for Thinning

Application for Thinning

Shortleaf Planting Area Eligibility