Legislation on assistance to improve the protection and sustainable management of forest ecosystems provides for aid to reinforce the forest ecosystem through initial selective clearing.
Applicants must submit their application to the district authority with competent jurisdiction, which will notify them of the decision of the Nature Conservation Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts).
Who is concerned
Anyone wishing to receive aid to reinforce the forest ecosystem through initial selective clearing must submit their application to the head of the district concerned.
To receive the aid, the applicant must confirm that the area to be cleared:
- is at least 40 ares;
- is part of a single area of woodland.
The average stem height in the forest stand in question must be between 10 and 15 metres. The forest land in question must be in a designated green zone. Areas where pesticides are used or where ground work has been done which degrades the soil structure (e.g. tilling and stump removal) are ineligible.
The application must be submitted to the head of the district before work commences.
How to proceed
Filing an application
When submitting an application, the applicant must indicate on the form:
- their surname and first name;
- their address;
- their telephone number;
- their banking institution and account number;
- their national identification number;
- the total area of the forest property;
- information about the area to be cleared (commune, section, locality, land registry plot number, cadastral surface and processed surface area).
If the applicant owns a farm, they must also state:
- the farm holding number;
- the farm accident insurance number.
The application must be accompanied by the following:
- a topographic map (scale 1:10,000) showing the location of the work site;
- a cadastral extract of the plots concerned.
The head of the district will inform the applicant of the Nature Conservation Agency's decision, and the measures to be taken to receive a subsidy.
Amount of aid
The amount of aid is set at:
- EUR 10 per are for manual clearing;
- EUR 5 per are for mechanised clearing.
The aid for manual clearing may be combined with the aid available to preserve the forest ecosystem by horse or cable logging.
The beneficiary is required to:
- carry out the planned clearing to encourage the growth of future trees in the forest stand;
- develop a system of logging tracks, with tracks around 4 metres wide, and at least 30 metres between the tracks. The logging tracks must be marked clearly and permanently;
- in the case of manual felling, use horses to haul away the wood to the logging tracks, or use cable logging to clear the felled wood;
- refrain from mechanised felling on land where the gradient is steeper than 35 %;
- refrain from driving logging tractors or other heavy machinery beyond the system of logging tracks;
- leave the tree crowns and cut branches on the ground around the cut site.
Repayment of aid
Any aid paid out must be repaid to the State Treasury when:
- it was obtained by means of knowingly false or incomplete representations on the part of the applicant;
- the beneficiary has failed to comply with the conditions to which the granting of the aid was subject. In that event, the beneficiary must also pay interest on the amount given, at the legal base rate, calculated as from the day of payment to the day of repayment.
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.