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BMP Cost-Share Program

Improving stream-crossing BMP compliance

Log truck on temp bridge.


The South Carolina Forestry Commission has received funding from the US Forest Service to expand the Forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) Cost-Share Program.  The Commission is now accepting pre-applications for the federally funded portion of the Forestry BMP Cost-Share Program to improve stream crossing BMP compliance and help protect the waters of South Carolina.  Please share the following program details with any of your contacts that may be interested in applying. 

This program will be administered by the SC Forestry Commission and will follow the state cost-share program protocol. If you applied for the state cost-share program this year your information will be automatically added to the list and you do not need to re-apply.  

Cost-share funds will be available to eligible forest products operators for the purchase of portable bridges. To be eligible for the BMP Cost-Share Program applicants must reside in South Carolina and be certified under the TOP Logger Program administered by the Forestry Association of South Carolina or an acceptable equivalent.  In addition, applicants must not have any tracts with unresolved BMP compliance issues.   

Cost-share funding is based upon actual expenses incurred.  Approved applicants will be reimbursed 80% of the total costs to purchase a portable bridge up to a maximum of $19,000.  Applications must be approved before the purchase is made to be eligible for reimbursement payments.  Once funding is approved, applicants must purchase bridges by June 1, 2024. 

The application period for this fiscal year is currently closed.  A lottery system is used to select which projects receive funding if the applications received exceed the available funds.  If there are funds remaining after the initial funding period, they will be available on an open-enrollment basis. Please check back in late summer 2024 for updates on the next application period. 

Please contact Environmental Program Manager Holly Welch at (803) 667-0815 if you have any questions.