WV Forest Legacy Program

West Virginia Division of Forestry


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2019

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in West Virginia: Berkeley County, Fayette County, Grant County, Greenbrier County, Hampshire County Expand all

Location of residency: West Virginia

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Overview:

Background

The Forest Legacy Program was established by Congress in 1990 through amendments to the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act that directed the Secretary of Agriculture to initiate the program through the U.S. Forest Service and its cooperators to conserve environmentally important forest areas threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. This authority is to continue indefinitely, although it depends on annual Congressional appropriations.

In West Virginia, the West Virginia Division of Forestry has the regulatory authority for the program through the State Code and appointment of the Governor.  

The mechanism of conservation is the purchase in fee of a conservation easement in the Forest Legacy Areas from willing sellers at fair market price as established by a standardized appraisal. A conservation easement is a legal agreement (deed) through which a property owner sells or donates his rights to development or other activities on his land  He retains all of the rights not sold. Consequently, the land will continue as a working forest producing products. The Forest Legacy Program is a 75:25 matching program between the government and private sources. The West Virginia Division of Forestry will hold the deed to conservation easements in the West Virginia Program. 

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

Eligibility:

  • The property must be located in one of the four WVDOF Forest Legacy Program (FLP) areas.
  • The property must be in danger of conversion to non-forest uses.
  • The title needs to be free from defect.
    • Deeds of Trust are acceptable, provided that they can be subordinated to the conservation easement.
  • The WVDOF can use federal funds to pay up to 75% of the cost of the easement's fair market value.
    • Twenty five percent (25%) of the easement value is to be donated by the landowner.