Cost Share Programs
Financial assistance for forest landowners implementing approved forestry practices is provided by the state and federal governments. The State of Illinois provides its assistance through the IDNR Division of Forestry with funds coming from the 4% timber harvest fee. The federal government provides its assistance through the USDA NRCS offices and staff in two programs - the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
The subsidiary webpages describe those programs and list the amounts that a forest landowner might receive for various practices. This information is provided for comparison purposes. The forest landowner is advised to verify details and payment rates with the applicable agency before deciding on a course of action.