Florida Forest Legacy Grant Program

Florida Forest Service


Grant amount: Up to US $6,500,000

Deadline: Aug 1, 2018

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Florida: Alachua County, Baker County, Bay County, Bradford County, Brevard County Expand all

Location of residency: Florida

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Overview:

The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) grant program whose purpose is to protect environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses and, through the use of voluntary conservation easements and fee simple purchases, to promote forestland protection and other conservation opportunities. 

Forestlands not only supply timber products, but also provide wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and recreation and aesthetic values. The rapid development of Florida’s forest areas to non-forest uses poses an ever-increasing threat to maintaining the state's valuable forestlands. Fragmentation and parcelization across our state are resulting in the loss of these valuable ecosystems and the biological, economic and social values they provide. 

The Forest Legacy Program benefits landowners and conservation in the state.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Application Criteria:
    • Willing Landowner: Landowner must provide written expression of interest.
    • Sufficient Forest Cover or Potential: Consistent with FLP guidelines. Sustainable Forestry based on FNAI Florida Forever Sustainable Forestry layer.
    • Forest Legacy Area: Land must fall within an approved FLA.
      • Must fall within one or more of the data layers described under Selection Criteria, 1 through 7. (quantitative only)
    • Partnerships & Local Match: Partnerships with local, state, or other conservation groups providing at least 25% of project costs from non-federal cash or inkind. 

Preferences:

  • Priority consideration will be given to threatened forest lands which have important values.
    • These values will be defined with the assistance of the Public Participation Process, and may include such things as the ability of the forest to protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, timber production, rare communities, or scenic and aesthetic values.