The South Carolina Forestry Commission is instituting a mandatory five-day furlough for all of its employees saving the agency about $200,000.00. The furloughs must be taken between January 2 and June 30, 2010, and translates to a 4.6 percent salary reduction for each employee. SCFC employs approximately 360 people statewide.
Since the beginning of fiscal year 2009, the Forestry Commission has experienced a 33 percent cut to its funding which is $6 million.
Recently, an employee retirement buyout incentive was offered to qualifying staff. Additionally, many vacancies within the agency have gone unfilled. South Carolina Forestry Commission has also cut back on travel and suspended equipment purchases as cost-cutting measures. This is the second furlough for the agency for the 2009 fiscal budget and the third since 2003.