TX Forest Legacy Program

Texas A&M Forest Service


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2018

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Anderson County, Angelina County, Austin County, Bastrop County, Bowie County Expand all

Location of residency: Texas

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Overview:

The Forest Legacy Program is a voluntary cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and the State of Texas that protects ecologically important forests threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program encourages the voluntary protection of privately owned forestland primarily through the acquisition of conservation easements. These easements are legally binding agreements transferring a negotiated set of property rights (primarily development 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. 

The U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry branch administers the FLP in cooperation with Texas A&M Forest Service. The program allows the State of Texas to purchase conservation easements on forestland with the goal of keeping the land in its forested state. Landowners may continue to own their land and retain all other rights to the property, including the right to sell the property.

The conservation easement is recorded with the property deed and transferred with the sale or transfer of the property. U.S. Forest Service funds 75 percent of the easement purchase cost and the landowner provides 25 percent. The landowner’s share may come from nonfederal sources such as a donation of part of the easement value from the landowner or a non-profit organization interested in the project.

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Eligibility:

  • In order for projects to qualify, the following requirements must be met:
    • Proposed project must be within the Texas Forest Legacy Area shown on the map
    • Landowner must be a willing seller of the rights determined in the conservation easement
    • Landowner must have clear title to the land
    • Landowner must work with TFS and Texas Forest Legacy Committee to identify the source of the 25 percent matching funds
    • Landowner must be willing to allow TFS and/or committee members to make an on-site visit to the property by appointment

Preferences:

  • Priority will be given those properties that are likely to have:
    • significant forest resource economic benefits
    • direct and indirect scenic and/or outdoor recreation benefits
    • significant water quality and watershed protection benefits
    • significant ecological, cultural, and environmental education benefits
  • Priority will be given to projects that have proof of a high degree of threat of development or parcelization.