Community Forest Program

Community Forest Program

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: National Association of Conservation Districts
Click here to read the article: http://www.nacdnet.org/2019/02/26/community-forest-program/

Communities and private landowners across the country are embracing the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program), a program designed to manage private property for public access and the good of the community.

The Community Forest Program complements conservation districts’ efforts to conserve and promote healthy environments, whether it is soils, water, forests or wildlife, and develop locally-driven solutions to natural resource concerns.

The program was created in the 2008 Farm Bill and implemented in 2012 to establish community-owned and managed forest land nationwide that provide public benefits. Program funding depends on Congress. In 2015-17, Congress appropriated $2 million annually. Last year, the funding increased to $4 million.