OR Forest Legacy Program

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

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

Anticipated deadline: May 24, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Oregon: Baker County, Benton County, Clackamas County, Clatsop County, Columbia County Show all

Location of residency: Oregon

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Oregon's Forest Legacy Program addresses privately owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization and other development pressures. Forest Legacy provides funds for the purchase of development rights to eligible private forestlands through either conservation easement or fee-title acquisition into public ownership. The goal of the Program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non- commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity. In addition, the Forest Legacy Program promotes stewardship and sustainable management of private forest lands. All properties entered into Oregon’s Forest Legacy Program – either through conservation easement, fee acquisition or donation – have their forest resources and conservation values protected and managed in accordance with a State Forester approved Forest Stewardship Plan. The Program operates in areas where forests may be lost to non-forest uses and seeks projects that strengthen local communities through state, local and private partnerships in conservation. Landowner participation in the Forest Legacy Program is voluntary.

A Forest Legacy Program project is the nomination of one or more tracts or parcels of private forestland for Forest Legacy Program funding – either for fee title acquisition by a state or local government entity or for a conservation easement that grants the development rights to a state or local government entity. Nominations must be submitted voluntarily through the private forest landowners involved or through a third-party that has obtained the explicit consent of the private forest landowners involved. Nominations can include multiple tracts from multiple landowners if in aggregate the multiple tracts jointly and cohesively meet Forest Legacy Program requirements.

Oregon can submit up to 3 projects for national consideration for FY 2020 Forest Legacy Program funds, not to exceed a total of $10,000,000 in requested funds. Individual projects cannot exceed $7,000,000 in requested funds; projects needing funds in excess of this amount can be phased into separate requests for Forest Legacy Program funds in multiple fiscal years. For example, a project needing $15,000,000 in Forest Legacy Program funding could request up to $7,000,000 of FY 2020 funds, up to $7,000,000 million of FY 2021 funds and the remaining balance as a FY 2022 fund request. However, each Phase should be treated as a separate transaction that would stand alone in meeting Program objectives in the event the other phases are not granted funds. Projects that are requesting funds solely for FY 2020 funding should also indicated whether, and if so how, they can be phased should the National Review Panel, in its consideration of the project for award, reduce the requested funding.

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  • To be eligible, properties must be in private ownership and located within an Oregon Forest Legacy Area.
  • In addition, all nominated properties must by the time of closing be managed under a State Forester approved Forest Stewardship Plan.
  • Awarded Forest Legacy Program funds must be matched with approved non-federal funds of at least 25% of the total funds used (Forest Legacy Program funds plus non-federal matching funds).