Forestland purchased must provide community benefits such as economic benefits through active forest management, clean water, wildlife habitat, educational opportunities, and public access for recreation.
- Full-fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
- Local governments, tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities can own Community Forests.
- The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match.
- Public access is required for Community Forest Program projects.
- Lands acquired through the program are actively managed by a community forest plan to provide community benefits.
What Land is Eligible?
- Private forestland
- Threatened by conversion to non-forest use
- Not held in trust by the United States
- That provides defined community benefits
- At least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75% forested
For an overview of the program, download our fact sheet: Community Forest Program Call for Proposals.
For more information about the Community Forest Program, contact: