The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.
-Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
Community Forests can be owned by local governments, tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.
-The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match.
-Public access is required for Community Forest Program projects.
Lands acquired through the program are actively managed in accordance with a community forest plan to provide community benefits.
How to Apply
The Forest Service publishes an annual request for applications for the Community Forest Program (CFP) in the Federal Register. The Program is currently accepting applications which are due to State Foresters or Tribal governments by January 11, 2021. Applications are encouraged from across the country.