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Fire on the Forty: A Campaign to Promote Prescribed Fire in Mississippi

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“Although prescribed fire is a very important tool for forest and wildlife management, many private landowners are reluctant to use fire due to cost and liability concerns associated with burning. As part of the ‘Fire on the Forty’ initiative, landowners may be reimbursed on funded projects in selected focal counties for 50% of costs for implementing and conducting prescribed fire up to a maximum of $12.50 per acre.  Focal counties include Prentiss, Monroe, Lowndes, and Noxubee in north Mississippi, and Amite, Pike, Walthall, Marion, Lamar, and Pearl River in south Mississippi.

Landowners must submit an application for entry into the program. All applications will be
competitively ranked based on potential habitat benefits and will be selected for funding by the Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife. Download Application.

The ‘Fire on the Forty’ Program was made possible through funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. The program is administered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.”

(The above information was obtained from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website)

Several cost-share programs are available to help offset the costs of prescribed burning for wildlife and forestry purposes. To learn more about available cost-share programs that include prescribed burning in your state, contact your local county forester, Farm Service Agency, or your local USDA Service Center.

This website provides a list of some of the more frequently used programs available to landowners in Florida.

This website provides an overview of incentive programs available to Georgia landowners.

This website provides a list of forestry & wildlife cost share programs available to Alabama landowners.

This website provides a list of both state and federal conservation programs that are available to private landowners in Louisiana.