Legislation on financial aid to maintain and improve the ecosystemic benefits provided by forests includes an aid scheme for the restoration or maintenance of structured forest edges with a view to creating transition areas between the open ground and the forest.
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 restoration or maintenance of forest edges must apply in writing to the head of the district concerned.
To receive the aid, the applicant must confirm that:
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:
Once the new plants have been planted, the applicant must provide a copy of the receipted invoice for the work.
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 paid after the realisation of the work is fixed at:
When felling is involved, aid is granted only after the plan of the intervention zones is submitted for approval by the Nature and Forest Agency. Selective felling of individual trees or groups of trees as part of the restoration and maintenance of a forest edge must be carried out as and when required. The felling zones must be no more than 35m long and 15m deep.
The interval between actions taken on contiguous areas must be at least 10 years.
When introducing new plants, preference should be given to indigenous arborescent and arbustive species found in edges in the region in question.
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.