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Funds available for Southern Pine Beetle preventionFunds available for Southern Pine Beetle preventionhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=230392019-09-05T05:00:00Z2019-09-05T16:00:00Z

​​​COLLEGE STATION – ​​Landowners in 21 East Texas counties conducting first-thinning operations in overly dense, pulpwood-sized pine stands may now apply for the 2019 Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Prevention Program Thinning Cost Share.​

Eligible landowners may receive up to $50 per acre (100-acre maximum) to assist in first-thin operations. 

The forested property must meet several criteria and be in one of the following counties: Angelina, Cass, Cherokee, ​Hardin, Harrison, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Marion, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, or Walker. 

All approved thinning projects must be completed within 12 months of the approval date. ​

This funding opportunity is available thanks to a cost-share grant through the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Protection Program and administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

Since the SPB Prevention Program's inception, over 100,000 acres have been treated throughout East Texas.​​

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