The Forestry Productivity Program (FPP) provides financial assistance to eligible landowners for establishing and improving a crop of trees. This program helps provides an incentive to offset the cost of implementing specific forestry practices designed to produce a timber crop.
In 2021 the program approved 613 applications covering 38,076 acres of reforestation and management activities. Funding, which is based on severance tax revenues, is over $42 million since 1998.
Incentive payments to the landowner help with the cost of implementing one or more forestry practices to establish and manage a timber crop. Eligible landowners can receive up to the maximum approved amount of FPP assistance each fiscal year.
FPP assistance is available to landowners in all Louisiana parishes who own a minimum of 10 contiguous acres suitable for growing a commercially valuable timber species. There is no maximum size of ownership limiting a landowner’s participation in the program. Applications for FPP assistance are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each landowner who participates in a FPP cooperative agreement with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) shall be required to maintain the forestry usage for a period of 10 years. If land is sold, conveyed, etc. before the end of the agreement, the original recipient of funds is bound unless the new owner assumes responsibility in writing.