The Maine Forest Service will provide up to $85,000 through 2023 for local governments, municipalities, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and private family woodland owners interested in obtaining invasive plant control practice plans for their woods. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 31.

Financial incentives for invasive plant control practice plans are available to public and private woodland owners with 10 to 1,000 wooded acres in Maine. The program will reimburse up to 50% of the cost based on the number of acres. The plans provide maps and treatment recommendations for invasive plants.

The program’s goal is to address invasive plants that choke out native trees, shrubs and wildflowers in the eligible woodlands. A corps of natural resource professionals trained through the program’s Invasive Plant Academy will be qualified to develop the plans.

Landowners with approved plans will also be eligible to apply for the next phase of the program to receive free invasive plant treatment conducted by a contractor hired by the Maine Forest Service.

Visit maine.gov/dacf/mfs/projects to view the application and for further details. For more information, phone MFS Landowner Outreach Forester Andy Shultz at 287-4980.