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Cost Share Programs - Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)


Abandoned Tree Removal


Removal of Christmas and/or Apple tree fields for integrated pest management and for reducing sedimentation.  An abandoned tree field can be of any size or age trees where standard management practices (e.g., maintaining groundcover, insect and disease control, fertilizer applications and annual shearing practices) for the production of the trees are discontinued or abandoned. The field must have been abandoned for at least 5 years.  Abandonment leads to adverse soil erosion formations such as gullies and to production of disease inoculums and increased pest population. Conversion to perennial vegetation on abandoned fields further protects soil loss by preventing runoff on steep slopes due to a better groundcover thereby providing additional water quality protection.  Benefits include water quality protection, prevention of soil erosion, and wildlife habitat establishment.


Maintenance Period 10 years
BMP Units Acres
Required Effects
  • Acres affected - (planted acres)
JAA/NRCS Standards
  • ECS - 327 - Conservation Cover
  • ECS - 512 - Pasture and Hay Planting (supporting practice)
  • ECS - 342 - Critical Area Planting (supporting practice)
  • ECS - 612 - Tree/Shrub Establishment (supporting practice)
  • ECS - 490 - Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (supporting practice)
  • ECS - 314 - Brush Management (supporting practice)
Cost Information
  • Average cost (75% or 90%)
CS2 Reference Materials
  • NC-ACSP 11 Signature Page
  • Map with BMP location, fields and roads
Additional Spot-check Requirements None

ACSP Policy Summary

Design Standards

Job Sheet


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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