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Fee/rental services and equipment

July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

To rent or procure any equipment and/or services listed below, contact us by calling your local Forestry Commission office to make a request for equipment and/or services.
Requests for equipment and services are accepted during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday); requests received after 2 p.m. may not be handled until the following business day.

Printable Services Guide (pdf)

Fee-based rental equipment

Drum choppersTree plantersTemporary bridges
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$20 per acre ($100 minimum)
Transportation Fee: $3.50 per mile from SCFC headquarters in Columbia
to and from the site ($50 minimum)
$5 per acre ($25 minimum)Three 4′ x 30′ bridge sections, or
Two 6′ x 30′ long sections
$50 week / $200 deposit

(see information below)

Free rental equipment*

  • 3 Heavy-duty planters
  • 3 Super sod scalpers with subsoiler
  • 1 Pull-behind, no-till seed drill (Newberry office)

Three-point hitch (50hp or>). Each on its own mobile trailer. First-come, first-served basis. Rent limited to five (5)business days.

*This equipment is being provided through a U.S. Forest Service infrastructure grant and is free for the public to rent for the duration of the grant.

Temporary bridges program

The bridges are located at the Walterboro and Columbia offices. SCFC personnel will load the bridges onto contractors’ trailers, but they must be secured and transported by the contractor.

In order to rent the bridges, the contractor must obtain:

  • workmen’s compensation insurance coverage for its own employees;
  • public liability insurance with limits of $1 million for the injury to or death of one person, and $2
    million for the injury to or death of more than one person;
  • property damage insurance with limits of $1 million arising out of a single accident and $2 million
    for damage to the property of third persons;
  • an insurance certificate verifying coverage and identifying SCFC as an additional insured entity is
    required.

To request more information or to reserve a set of bridges, please contact SCFC Environmental Programs Coordinator Holly Welch at (803) 667-0815 or hwelch@scfc.gov.

Temporary Logging Bridge Rental Program


Free services

Insect & Disease (I&D) laboratory/diagnostic services

SCFC forest health specialists examine forest insect/disease pests or tissue samples at no charge. They will identify pests and prescribe appropriate control measures. The SC Forestry Commission does not charge for its insect- and disease-related diagnostic services.


Fee-based services

Firebreak plowing / waterbar construction

  • Medium tractor duty: $165* for first hour, per tractor / $130 each extra hour, per tractor ($165 minimum)
  • Large tractor duty: $185* for first hour, per tractor / $145 each extra hour, per tractor ($185 minimum)
    * Includes mileage charge for each unit per day.

Prescribed burning

  • $30/acre for understory burning (firebreak plowing not included)
  • $40/acre for understory burning in mountainous terrain and site preparation burning (firebreak plowing not included)
    * $750 minimum for all prescribed burning services

Prescribed burning standby service

  • $125* for first hour
  • $45 for each additional hour
    *$125 minimum / includes mileage charge for each unit per day
    (landowner is responsible for fire and must follow an SCFC-approved burning plan) 

Extracting mired forestry equipment (limited to equipment performing forestry services)

  • Medium tractor duty: $200* for first hour, per tractor / $160 each extra hour, per tractor ($200 minimum)
  • Large tractor duty: $250* for first hour, per tractor / $175 each extra hour, per tractor ($250 minimum)
    * Includes mileage charge for each unit per day.

Timber marking

  • Sawtimber: $10/MBF (thousand-board-feet)
  • Pulpwood: $5/cord