In partnership with State forestry agencies, Cooperative Forestry currently manages a number of programs:
The Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) - serves as the primary private forest landowner assistance program in the U.S. The program seeks to conserve, protect and enhance private forest landscapes by connecting individual and family woodland owners with the information, technical assistance, and professional planning they need to achieve their stewardship goals. Assistance offered through the Forest Stewardship Program provides landowners with enhanced access to other USDA conservation programs, forest certification programs, and forest product markets. The program also sustains the public benefits derived from forested landscapes including clean water and wildlife habitat.
The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) - the Forest Service provides grants to State partners to protect important forests -- providing forest products and resource based jobs, protecting air and water quality, providing recreational opportunities, and protecting important fish and wildlife habitat including those for threatened or endangered species.
The Community Forest Program (CFP) - the Forest Service is authorized to provide financial assistance grants to local governments, Indian tribes, and qualified nonprofit organizations (including land trusts) to establish community forests that provide defined public benefits.
The Urban and Community Forestry Program (UCF) - is a cooperative program of the US Forest Service that focuses on the stewardship of urban natural resources. With 80 percent of the nation's population in urban areas, there are strong environmental, social, and economic cases to be made for the conservation of green spaces to enhance community growth and revitalize city centers and older suburbs. There are 136 Million Acres of urban forest lands in the US. The UCF Program responds to the needs of urban areas by maintaining, restoring, and improving urban forest ecosystems. Through these efforts the program encourages and promotes the creation of healthier, more livable urban environments across the nation.
Ecosystem Service and Markets - This program seeks to harness the comprehensive suite of benefits that people receive and value from nature, including but not limited to wood products, clean air, water filtration, flood control, recreational experiences, carbon sequestration, renewable energy, pollination, and cultural heritage. These benefits support local economies, and are valued by a broad range of stakeholders and communities. The program seeks to balance delivery and enhancement of natural resources on both public and private lands through public-private partnerships and market-based solutions. For example, partnerships with water utilities in the Western US have facilitated direct investments by downstream water customers in forest restoration to reduce damage to critical water infrastructure from wildfires.
Wood Innovations - The Forest Service Wood Innovations program is a sector development tool that includes technical assistance and grant funding to non-federal parties for the introduction or expansion of wood uses in the economy. Two primary areas of focus in recent years have been wood energy and the use of advanced wood products such as cross laminated timber in building construction. One of the goals of the Wood Innovations program is to help the private sector use excess timber that is currently in many forests nationwide as a result of more than 100 years of effective fire suppression.
Outreach to Underserved Communities - portfolio of relationships that have been developed specifically to reach groups, mostly rural based, that have had difficulty accessing federal programs related to forestry and natural resource management. Much of the goal of this work is about helping the specific group have more capacity to benefit from the resources that are available such as federal programs. At the same time, engagement with the specific groups helps us acquire information.