Legislation on aid for the planning and transfer of knowledge in the fields of forestry and biology provides for aid for the improvement and development of forest structure, planning and infrastructure.
Applicants must submit their application to the district authority with competent jurisdiction, which will notify them of the decision of the Nature and Forest Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts).
Anyone wishing to receive aid for the building and consolidation of forest roads, log-hauling trails and development of storage facilities must apply to the head of the district concerned.
Growth clusters are not subsidised; nor is normal maintenance work.
To benefit from the aid, the applicant must confirm that the length of the planned forest roads exceeds 250 metres.
The length can be reduced to 100 metres, provided the stretch of road to be built is part of a system of forest roads at least 250 metres long, in the context of:
The gradient on forest roads may be no greater than 10 %.
Such trails must be at least 100 metres in length.
The application must be submitted to the head of the district before work commences.
When submitting an application, the applicant must state the following on the form:
If the applicant owns a farm, they must also specify:
The application must be accompanied by the following:
Owners possessing over 20ha of forest land must submit a current forestry planning document along with their application.
Once the work has been completed, a copy of the receipted invoice must also be provided.
The head of the district will inform the applicant of the Nature and Forest Agency's decision, and the measures to be taken to receive a subsidy.
The aid covers up to 80 % of the total cost or of the duly accepted quote, if the quote is less than the total cost (including VAT).
The beneficiary is required to carry out regular maintenance of the infrastructure for which the subsidy is granted.
Any aid paid out must be repaid to the State Treasury when:
If a false declaration is found to have been made through gross negligence or through failure to adhere to the principles of good forestry practices, the beneficiary is precluded from receiving aid for the year in question.
If they make a deliberate misrepresentation, they are excluded for the following year as well.