Forest Legacy Program
To effectively identify and protect environmentally important forest areas threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, through the use of conservation easements or fee simple purchase. The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is a voluntary private land conservation partnership between the Forest Service, participating States, land trusts, private landowners, and others. The Program works with State partners and operates on a willing seller and willing buyer basis and is completely nonregulatory in its approach. No eminent domain authority or adverse condemnation is authorized for this Program.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, 16 U.S.C. 2101, et. seq., as amended by the 1990 Farm Bill, Section 1217 of Title XII of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Public Law 101-624, 104 Stat. 3359, 16 U.S.C. 2103c; later amended by the 1996 Farm Bill, Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996; Public Law 104-127; Title III, Conservation; Subtitle G Forestry; Section 374, Optional State Grants for Forest Legacy Program.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Projects are evaluated and prioritized by State lead agencies, in consultation with the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committees. All States and territories participate except North Dakota, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.
State agency, landowners of private forest lands, and land trust organizations.
Each State must prepare a State Forest Action Plan (Statewide Assessment and Resource Strategy, including Assessments of Need(AON)) in order to be eligible for program funds. The FS Regional, Area, or Institute Responsible Official must concur with the State's Forest Action Plan. Requirements for an eligible project are: (1) within an approved Forest Legacy Area and fits within the priorities of a State's AON; (2) complies with FLP State and National criteria; (3) a completed grant application; (4) an approved Forest Stewardship Plan or a multi-resource management plan, if applicable; (5) negotiated terms of a conservation easement, if applicable; (6) an approved appraisal, meeting Federal acquisition appraisal standards as outlined in the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; and, (7) adequate non-Federal cost share.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Preapplication coordination is required, including negotiation of terms for the conservation easement or acquisition. Applicants should proceed with initial appraisal and Forest Stewardship Plan development, as due diligence is one of several key factors in project evaluation and ranking.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Individual participating States have application duties and procedures.
The Forest Service conducts an annual project selection process to arrive at a prioritized national project list which may be included in the President's budget. The Forest Service then issues grants to states based on the amounts provided in Congressional appropriations and the prioritized national project list.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
An annual project selection calendar with due dates will be developed each fiscal year, and will identify deadlines and approval times.
How are proposals selected?
Project evaluation and priority ranking is based on the three national core criteria (importance, threatened, and strategy, as defined in the 2017 FLP Implementation Guidelines) as well as project readiness and other evaluation considerations developed in consultation with States and FS Units.
How may assistance be used?
Landowner participation in the program is voluntary and consists of two components: (1) conveying land or interests in land to achieve land conservation objectives and (2) preparing and periodically updating a Forest Stewardship Management Plan or a multi-resource management plan, when the participation is through conservation easement. State lead agencies must first evaluate and approve projects as Forest Legacy eligible before competing for Forest Service funding.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Forest Service program manager shall conduct monitoring activities to track program accomplishments.
State Lead Agencies are required to retain complete grant files on each grant issued. States must report annual accomplishments data in the Forest Legacy Information System.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. Federal Contribution cannot exceed 75 percent of total project costs, and at least a 25 percent non-Federal cost share is required. The non-Federal cost share may consist of: funds, donations, land or interests in land, in-kind contributions, direct costs, indirect costs, and others as determined by the Forest Service. Funds will be provided to the States on a per-project basis, as determined by the annual appropriations. The non-Federal cost share can occur at any phase of the project within the legal grant period, including planning, developing future projects, acquisition, capital improvement, management, or administrative activities.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is provided via grants to States. Typical grant period is two years. Grants may receive a no cost extension up to five years with justification if approved by the Forest Service. Payments made based on authorization and negotiation of provisions with cooperator.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Office. Refer to the web site below for Regional State and Private Forestry offices of the Forest Service and for addresses and telephone numbers of Program contacts: : https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/private-land/forest-legacy
1400 Independence Ave SW, MS 1123,
Washington, DC 20850 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$62,268,593.00; FY 19 est $60,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$63,909,167.00; FY 16$55,947,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Forest Legacy Program Implementation Guidelines of 2017
Examples of Funded Projects