Forest Stewardship Application

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By Doug Wood May 18, 2021

As a landowner you have an option to have a Forest Stewardship Management Plan prepared by a forester employed by the SC Forestry Commission, a wildlife biologist with SC DNR, a consulting forester or a certified consulting wildlife biologist.

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To apply, complete the Forest Stewardship Application and include proof of ownership (tax receipt, parcel ID, etc.).  You will need to save/download the fillable pdf form to your computer, fill it out, save it, and then click the “Send” button to the appropriate regional Stewardship Forester for where your property is located.

Forest Stewardship Plans prepared by SC Forestry Commission or SC DNR
Stewardship Management Plans prepared by SC Forestry Commission or SC DNR personnel will be completed at no cost to the landowner. However, plans will be written on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Forest Stewardship Plans prepared by Private Consultants
Landowners with more than 50 forested acres on their parcel(s) and also where 50% or more of the parcel is located within Stewardship Priority Areas may choose to receive reimbursement when having their management plan developed by an approved consultant listed above.  If choosing a consulting forester, the forester must be listed within SC Forestry Commission’s list of consulting foresters.

NOTE: Reimbursement only applies to priority parcels where 50% or more of the parcel is located in Stewardship Priority Areas.  Follow this link to see whether or not your parcel qualifies as a priority parcel.

Reimbursement will be paid to the landowner and considered as ordinary income and may not cover the entire cost of the management plan. Landowners should negotiate the actual cost of the plan with their chosen consultant. Below is the schedule that will be utilized to calculate the reimbursement provided to the landowner.

Reimbursement Rates for Consultant-Written Stewardship Plans:
• 50 to 100 acres of forested land = $600.00 
• Over 100 acres of forested land = base amount of $600.00 plus $4.00/forested acre over 100 acres up to a maximum of $2,000.00

To apply, complete the Forest Stewardship Application and include proof of ownership (tax receipt, parcel ID, etc.) and an IRS Generated W-9 form.  You will need to save/download the fillable pdf form to your computer, fill it out, save it, and then click the “Send” button to the appropriate regional Stewardship Forester for where your property is located.

Contact Your Forestry Commission Stewardship Forester for additional program information.

Contact us

Chisolm Beckham, statewide Stewardship Coordinator

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Dena Whitesides, Piedmont Region Urban Forester

(serving Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union, and York Counties)

Office: (803) 276-0205
Cell: (803) 391-0330

Lois Edwards, Pee Dee Region Urban Forester

(serving Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties)

Cell: (864) 910-0139

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