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.
Review the FAQs and Application Guidance.
Eligible Applicants: A local governmental entity, Indian Tribe (including Alaska Native Corporations), or a qualified nonprofit organization that is qualified to acquire and manage land. Individuals are not eligible to receive funds through this program.
Cost Sharing (Matching Requirement): All applicants must demonstrate a 50 percent match of the total project cost. The match can include cash, in-kind services, or donations, which shall be from a non-Federal source. For additional information, please see § 230.6 of the final rule.
If you have questions, you may contact the representative for Region 8:
Susan Granbery, USDA Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30309, 770-883-8925 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org