Conserving Forests through Partnership
The purpose of the Forest Legacy Program is to identify and conserve environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Providing economic incentives to landowners to keep their forest as forests encourages sustainable forest management and supports strong markets for forest products.
Landowners may participate in the Forest Legacy Program by either selling their property outright or by retaining ownership and selling only a portion of the property’s development rights; both are held by state agencies or another unit of government. The use of a conservation easement, a legal agreement between a landowner and a non-profit land trust or governmental agency, allows the land to remain in private ownership while ensuring that its environmental values are retained.
The program is funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which invests a small percentage of federal offshore drilling fees toward the conservation of important land, water, and recreation areas for all Americans.
Funding and Accomplishments
- Call Letter for Projects (pdf, 5.1 mb)
- FLP Project Scoring Guidance (pdf, 353 kb)
- FY18 Funded Projects (pdf, 150 kb)
- FY17 Funded Projects (pdf, 58 kb)
- FY16 Funded Projects (pdf, 58 kb)
- FY15 Funded Projects (pdf, 62 kb)
- FY14 Funded Projects (pdf, 206 kb)
Program Guidelines and Performance
Resources for Practitioners
- Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions - “Yellowbook”
- Stewardship Financing of Forest Legacy Conservation Easements
- Economic Contributions of the Forest Legacy Program: Full Report (NEW)
- Economic Contributions of the Forest Legacy Program: Summary (NEW)
- Rainbow Ridge Forest Legacy Project: Thamar’s Legacy
- Protecting the Forest Products Economy and Tortoise Habitat in Georgia
Forest Legacy Program Accomplishment Map
Forest Legacy Program Manager