Program Organization Overview Project Area Details
Longleaf Pine Initiative

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Contact local NRCS field office

To help sustain, enhance and restore longleaf pine forests, the USDA NRCS offers financial assistance to landowners for implementation of conservation practices that maintain, improve, and restore the longleaf pine ecosystem in east Texas. Approved participants will receive financial assistance for implementing conservation practices including planting longleaf pine, installing firebreaks, conducting prescribed burning and controlling invasive plants. 

Suitable sites in East Texas capable of producing Longleaf pine.

Priority Counties include:
Angelina, Hardin, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler Counties

Program provides financial assistance for longleaf conservation practices.

Payment rates for the Longleaf Pine Initiative typically exceed payment rates under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and may vary from year to year. Contact your local NRCS field office for information regarding payment rates.

Texas Longleaf Conservation Assistance Program

Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS)

Contact TFS Sustainable Forestry at 979-458-6650

Contact Texas Longleaf Team Coordinator by email

The Texas Longleaf Conservation Assistance Program provides eligible landowners with financial and technical assistance for establishing, enhancing and managing longleaf Pine. Approved participants may receive up to 50% payment not to exceed a standard cap rate for implementing approved conservation practices. Approved conservation practices include prescribed burning, reforestation, site preparation and forest stand improvement  Angelina, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, and Tyler Counties

Program reimburses 50% of actual expenses, not to exceed a maximum cap for selected practices:

Site Prep/Planting - $450/ac Rx Burn - $30/ac TSI - $275/ac

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

See Map for Regional Contacts

See Program Flyer

The history of the Partners Program

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (Partners) Program serves a vital role in fulfilling the mission of the USFWS of working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service formed the Partners Program as a means of providing financial and technical assistance to private landowners and tribes who conduct wildlife habitat improvement for the benefit of Federal Trust species. Federal Trust species include migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern.

The Partners Program provides cost-sharing and technical assistance to Cooperators which include private landowners, non-Federal agencies, conservation organizations, schools, and other entities with an interest in wildlife and resource management.

In Texas, the program emphasizes conservation practices such as invasive species control, native prairie restoration, longleaf pine restoration and enhancement, and prescribed fire.

Angelina, Chambers, Cherokee, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler Counties

Program reimburses landowner up to 75%.

Site Prep, containerized seedlings, hand planting, timber stand improvement

Landowner max - $25,000 T&E species benefit - $40,000

10 year management agreement

Community Wildfire Protection Program TFS or 936-639-8156.  The Community Protection Program's goal is to protect high-risk communities and associated forest resources by reducing the risk of a catastrophic wildfire on private and public lands. Landowners within 10 miles of a National Forest boundary can apply for reimbursement of actual costs, not to exceed $30/acre, of conducting a prescribed burn to reduce high-risk fuels.  Priority
Within two miles of a community and ten miles of a National Forest boundary 

Program reimburses actual costs, up to a maximum cap

Rx Burn - $30/acre

Texas A&M Forest Service-Prescribed Fire Grants

Texas A&M Forest Service


William "Andy" McCrady, Fuels Coordinator, 936-689-9393,

TFS Communications Office; 979-458-6606;

Texas A&M Forest Service offers grants to landowners to complete prescribed fires on private lands. Each grant targets landowners in different priority areas across the state. Visit to view maps and eligible counties

The deadline for application submission is Sept. 30, 2016.

For more information and to download an application visit

Prescribed Fire Grants at

The Neches River and Cypress Basin Watershed Restoration Program at

For more information on prescribed burning visit the Prescribed Burning Board.