Legislation on assistance to improve the protection and sustainable management of forest ecosystems provides for aid to reinforce the forest ecosystem through the nurturing of young forest stands.
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 to reinforce the forest ecosystem through the nurturing of young forest stands must apply to the head of the relevant district.
Forestry efforts which have already received aid for natural regeneration are precluded from further assistance.
To receive the aid, the applicant must confirm that the area to be reforested:
More than 50% of the forest stand must be hardwood species, unless there are softwood species derived from natural regeneration.
The average height of the trunks in the stand must be between 5 and 10 metres, except in the case of oak stands, when it must be over 3 metres.
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 state:
The application must be accompanied by the following:
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 amount of aid is set at EUR 10 per are of land.
The beneficiary must:
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.