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Forest Legacy Program

Grassy Pond on the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement
Grassy Pond on the Sable Highlands
Conservation Easement

The federal Forest Legacy Program (FLP) (16 U.S.C. Sec. 2103c) was initiated in the 1990 federal Farm Bill. The program recognizes that most forested lands in the United States are held in private ownership and that forest landowners are facing growing financial pressure to convert their lands to uses that would remove them from the forested land base. Much of this pressure arises from the demand for residential and commercial development.

The FLP is a federal grant program that protects forest lands from conversion to non-forest uses. The FLP provides funding for conservation of important forest lands.

Participation in the program is entirely voluntary. The primary method of protection is with conservation easements in which landowners sell a portion of the property rights and retain ownership of the land. The use of conservation easements allows the land to remain in private ownership and ensures that important public values such as wildlife habitat, natural areas, forest resources, and outdoor recreation opportunities are protected. Participating landowners may prefer to sell the property outright in which case the land would be owned by the State and managed as State Forest land.

Nondiscrimination Disclosure

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.