NV Forest Legacy Program (FLP) Grants

Nevada Division of Forestry


Grant amount: Up to US $7,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 16, 2018 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Nevada: Carson City, Clark County, Douglas County, Elko County, Nye County Expand all

Location of residency: Nevada

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Overview:

Funding Summary

The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) is currently accepting proposals for eligible projects for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 (October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019) Forest Legacy Program (FLP) funding. FLP assists private landowners with protecting working forests from non-forest use development through the creation of conservation easements and the direct acquisition of property. Nevada may submit up to three projects for national consideration – not to exceed a total funding request of $10,000,000. Any single project may not exceed $7,000,000 in requested funding.

Working forests are valuable because of their ability to provide sustainable timber products, high quality wildlife habitat, natural resource protection, and multiple recreational opportunities. Development and fragmentation of these forested areas threatens their forest-related benefits to current and future generations. Forest Legacy funding protects and conserves private forest lands that maximize public conservation values. NDF administers the federally funded program with oversight from the USDA Forest Service (USFS). 

Federal FLP Program Purpose

Development of the nation's forested areas poses an increasing threat to maintaining the integrity of our country's valuable forest lands. Intact forest lands supply timber products, wildlife habitat, soil and watershed protection, aesthetics, and recreational opportunities. However, as these areas are fragmented and disappear, so do the benefits they provide.

While local governments commonly guide development away from the most sensitive areas through traditional land use controls (like zoning and performance standards), sometimes these measures are not sufficient to fully protect the forested component of our natural resource base.

The Forest Legacy Program (FLP), a Federal program in partnership with States, supports State efforts to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands. Designed to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands, FLP is an entirely voluntary program. To maximize the public benefits it achieves, the program focuses on the acquisition of partial interests in privately owned forest lands.

FLP helps the States develop and carry out their forest conservation plans. It encourages and supports acquisition of conservation easements, legally binding agreements transferring a negotiated set of property rights from one party to another, without removing the property from private ownership. Most FLP conservation easements restrict development, require sustainable forestry practices, and protect other values.

Program Activities
The Forest Legacy Program complements private, Federal and State programs focusing on conservation in two ways. First, FLP directly supports property acquisition. Additionally, FLP supports efforts to acquire donated conservation easements. FLP funded acquisitions serve public purposes identified by participating states and agreed to by the landowner.

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Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants include Tribal and local government agencies, land trust organizations, and other qualified non-profit conservation organizations.
  • FLP Eligibility Criteria:
    • Projects must be located within a Nevada Forest Legacy Area as identified in the Nevada Forest Action Plan.
    • Identified Forest Legacy Areas (refer to Figure 1):
      • Tahoe/Sierra Front
      • Mt. Charleston
      • Schell Creek
      • Muddy River
      • Jarbidge
    • Project must be sponsored by a land trust organization or local/tribal government agency.
    • Project property must be privately owned.
    • Project must be a minimum of five (5) acres in size.
    • Projects must include a minimum 25% cash, in-kind, or property match that is NOT from a federal source.
      • The FLP will fund up to 75% of total program costs (including acquisition costs plus other allowable expenses).
    • Project area must be 75% forested.
    • Landowners must agree to follow federal FLP requirements and implementation rules, which include, but are not limited to:
      • Accepting a land appraisal that meets standard federal appraisal guidelines.
      • Managing the property under a Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) approved through the NDF Forest Stewardship Program.
      • Agreeing that a funded project will not receive payment until federal funding has been secured.
      • Allowing annual conservation easement compliance monitoring.
      • Granting a perpetual conservation easement to the State of Nevada – or a State of Nevada designee – with the stated purposes of maintaining, enhancing, or conserving the forestland and conservation values of the property.
      • Abiding by additional conservation easement restrictions placed on construction, mineral extraction, installation of utilities, and any other activities that compromise conservation values within the easement.

Preferences:

  • Criteria that Enhance Application Rankings:
    • Project Readiness – including a completed Forest Stewardship Plan, draft conservation  easement, completed title report, and recently conducted mineral, wildlife, and/or cultural surveys.
    • A non-federal match greater than 25%.
    • Large contiguous project areas. Parcels smaller than 100 acres will rank as low priorities unless there are significantly unique environmental values to conserve.
    • Designated public access uses, except in cases where the primary goal is protection of threatened and endangered species.
    • Connectivity with other public or private protected lands.
    • Contribution to recognized conservation strategies/initiatives and local economies.
    • Protection of cultural, scenic or other public resources.
    • Imminent threat of conversion to non-forest uses