NH Forest Legacy Grant Program

New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jul 15, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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Overview:

As part of the 1990 Farm Bill, Congress created the Forest Legacy Program to help protect environmentally important private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. The Secretary of Agriculture is responsible for the development and administration of the Forest Legacy Program. The US Forest Service in cooperation with States and other units of government is responsible for the implementation of the program. States have been granted the authority to establish criteria for their programs within the framework of the national program to help address specific needs and goals of their state.

To help maintain the integrity and traditional uses of private forest lands, the Forest Legacy Program promotes the use of conservation easements, legally binding agreements transferring a negotiated set of property rights from one party to another. Participation in the program is entirely voluntary.

The New Hampshire Forest Legacy Program requires public access. One of the primary purposes of the program is for the State to allow public pedestrian access onto forest legacy properties for activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, and also snowmobiling on designated trails.

Purpose of the Forest Legacy Program

The purpose of the FLP is to ascertain and protect environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to nonforest uses. FLP seeks to promote forestland protection and other conservation opportunities. Such purposes shall include the protection of important scenic, cultural, fish, wildlife and recreational resources, riparian areas and other ecological values. Traditional forest uses, including timber management, as well as hunting, fishing, hiking, and similar recreational uses are consistent with purposes of the FLP. Both purchased and donated lands and interests in lands through the use of conservation easements and fee-simple purchase are used to acquire forested land meeting Forest Legacy purposes from willing sellers or donors. 

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Eligibility:

  • All owners of eligible forestlands within the designated Forest Legacy Areas, and meeting the minimum Eligibility Criteria or other application requirements described in the Assessment of Need (AON), are eligible to submit an application. 
  • Eligible Activities: 
    • The following activities are eligible uses of funds granted to States for the FLP; however, in most cases costs incurred prior to issuance of the grant cannot be reimbursed:
      • Purchase of lands or interests in lands from willing sellers for inclusion in the FLP;
      • Facilitation of donations of lands or interests in lands to a qualified and willing donee for FLP purposes; 
      • Program administration expenses limited to indirect costs and direct acquisition related expenses for lands and interests in lands acquired under Forest Legacy authority; 
      • Establishment and documentation of baseline conditions and development of a Forest Stewardship Plan for a conservation easement; and 
      • AON Planning and amendment. 

Ineligibility:

  • Trust lands and reservations are already protected through the trust relationship between the U.S. Department of the Interior and the tribe and are ineligible for the FLP.
  • The following uses of Forest Legacy funds are not allowed as part of a State grant: 
    • Management of acquired lands or interests in lands including, monitoring of conservation easements, 
    • Enforcement actions, and
    • Payment for appraisals of donated property when the donation represents the full and total value.