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Forest stewardship application

Apply for a FREE forest stewardship management plan today!

For a free Forest Stewardship Management Plan, complete this application.

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.


Forest stewardship plans prepared by private consultants
Landowners with more than 50 forested acres on their parcel(s) and where 30% or more of the parcel is located within Stewardship Priority Areas may choose to have their management plan developed by a consulting forester or biologist.  If choosing a consulting forester, the forester must be listed within SC Forestry Commission’s list of consulting foresters.

Please visit our Forest Stewardship Program Parcel Qualification Analysis tool to check if your parcel qualifies as a priority parcel.

To apply for direct payment, the consulting forester or biologist will submit the following to the appropriate regional stewardship forester: stewardship application, author’s IRS’ W-9, and Parcel Qualification Report. 

After funding approval, the author has 6-months to complete the plan.  All plans must meet the Forest Stewardship Plan Criteria and be approved by the appropriate regional stewardship forester before receiving payment.  Once plan is approved, invoice the SC Forestry Commission for the forest stewardship plan.  Send invoice to the same regional stewardship forester who approved the plan, and payments will be made directly to the consulting forester or biologist.

Forester points out a damaged tree

*Eligibility for direct payment for plan development only applies to parcels that have at least 50 forested acres and are also considered priority parcels where 30% 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.
*Payments will be paid to the author and considered as ordinary income and may not cover the entire cost of the management plan. Below is the schedule that will be utilized to calculate the payment to the author. 

*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

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-served basis. 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.

Contact your Forestry Commission stewardship forester for additional program information:

Chisolm Beckham, Statewide Stewardship Coordinator
Office: (803) 896-8844
Cell: (803) 667-0806
Email: cbeckham@scfc.gov

Jaime Jones, Piedmont Regional Stewardship Forester
(serving Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union, and York counties)
Office: (803) 276-0205
Cell: (864) 933-4165
Email: jjones@scfc.gov

Vaughan Spearman, Coastal Regional Stewardship Forester
(serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, and Orangeburg counties)
Office: (843) 538-3708
Cell: (843) 209-4121
Email: vspearman@scfc.gov

Tonya Smith, Pee Dee Regional Stewardship Forester
(serving Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties)
Cell: (843) 662-5571
Email: tlsmith@scfc.gov

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. The forester will get in touch with you.