Services We Provide
Services, Grants, and Programs
The Florida Forest Service administers a range of grant programs and technical services to landowners, as well as training and educational opportunities.
If a landowner does not have the necessary manpower or other resources needed, and no private contractors are available, then the Florida Forest Service may provide fire management assistance with fire line plowing, prescribed or agricultural burning.
Voluntary on-site Courtesy Checks for assessing potential water quality impacts from present or past (within a two year period) forestry operations, such as timber harvesting, site preparation, forest roads, or stream crossings.
A program that focuses on maintaining the integrity and function of working agricultural landscapes through the acquisition of development rights using permanent easements from qualified and willing agricultural land owners. Landowners protecting their land under this program are free to undertake any agricultural practice as long as they are willing to follow established Best Management Practices.
Grant and Assistance Programs
The purpose of T. Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program (hereinafter referred to
as the OHV Grant Program) is to provide financial assistance to governmental agencies or
eligible proposers in order to provide or improve off-highway vehicle recreational areas or trails
for public use on public lands.
This pilot program offers cost-share reimbursement to eligible non-industrial private landowners for herbicide treatment of cogon grass infestations.
Firefighting equipment on loan to the State for use in rural and wildland fire protection programs.
Grant program for research work toward the recovery of federally-listed endangered and threatened plant species in Florida.
To protect environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non forest uses and, through the use of voluntary conservation easements and fee simple purchases, to promote forest land protection and other conservation opportunities.
Assistance with the improvement and maintenance of timber, wildlife, soil and water, recreation, aesthetics, as well as forage resources for private forest landowners with at least 20 acres of forest land.
Provide non-industrial private forest landowners programs to assist them in implementing forestry and wildlife practices.
Helping non-industrial private forest landowners with management practices to improve the health of pine stands and decrease their likelihood of developing SPB infestations.
Available to organizations to develop or enhance urban and community forestry programs. Includes Supplemental Grant for Emergency Hurricane Projects.
Provides federal financial, technical, and other assistance to organize, train, and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires.
Fire Prevention Education Programs
The FFS Wildfire Prevention Clowns
Wildfire Prevention Clowns
The Florida Forest Service Wildfire Prevention Clown program is the only one of its kind in wildland fire. Through wildfire skits and magic the prevention clowns teach children about the dangers of wildfire, not to play with matches and how to stay safe.
Smokey Bear can visit your school to spread the message of wildfire prevention.
Contact your local Florida Forest Service office if you would like for Smokey Bear or the Wildfire Prevention Clowns to visit your classroom or school event.
The Florida Forest Discovery Center is a partnership of forestry organizations with the purpose of educating Florida's citizens and visitors about the positive contribution that sound forestry practices have on our quality of life. Located in Tampa and open daily during the Florida State Fair in February.
Discover first hand where products you use every day come from. Each June the forestry community provides educators in Florida an in-depth view of forestry in the state, showing them how sustainability is a key component for the forestry profession. Earn 30 CEU hours.
Forestry contests are held throughout the state each fall where FFA students compete in a variety of forestry applications with the winner representing Florida at the National FFA Convention.
Each summer the Florida Forest Service sponsors a Forestry Training Camp for FFA high school students to improve on their forestry applications, learn forestry skills, and for FFA teachers to learn more about teaching forestry.
The Florida Forest Services' Andrews Nursery provides bareroot pine seedlings to serve and support the reforestation needs of Florida's citizens. Each summer we begin accepting seedling order forms for the following December- February tree planting season.
The Florida Forest Service has several education and mitigation programs aimed at reducing all types of human caused fire. Find out how you and your neighbors can take action now to protect your community from wildfire and foster community participation in applying Firewise principles.
Contact your local Wildfire Mitigation Specialist about firewise and fire prevention programs for schools, groups, and special events in your area.
Everybody loses when wildland arsonists strike. This non-profit organization supplies information to the public about woods arson, and acquires funds and distributes rewards for information about incidents of this senseless crime.
Take a very personal and active role in protecting and fostering a long and healthy future for the forests in Florida. This non-profit organization provides the opportunity for citizens to help support programs and facilities in the state forests.
Florida Forest Service Field Units occasionally dispose of fire towers from property that is not being offered for sale through a sealed bid process.
The Florida Forest Service has tower sites, work centers and district offices that have become obsolete and are offered for sale through a sealed bid process.
Seed collected from our genetically improved slash (Pinus elliottii) orchards.
Show your community's support for the environment and join the rapidly growing National list of Tree Cities.