Cover photo for Forest Legacy Program

Forest Legacy Program (FLP)

Forest Service

Closed May 20, 2024

The purpose of the Forest Legacy Program is to identify and conserve environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Providing economic incentives to landowners to keep their forest as forests encourages sustainable forest management and supports strong markets for forest products.

Landowners may participate in the Forest Legacy Program by either selling their property outright or by retaining ownership and selling only a portion of the property’s development rights; both are held by state agencies or another unit of government. The use of a conservation easement, a legal agreement between a landowner and a non-profit land trust or governmental agency, allows the land to remain in private ownership while ensuring that its environmental values are retained.



A proposed project’s eligibility to be included in the Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is determined by both the Federal requirements included in this section plus any requirements identified by a State Forest Action Plan or other pertinent State law. For the purposes of these implementation guidelines, a proposed FLP tract meets the minimum eligibility if:

  • It is within, or partially within, a designated FLA.

  • It has a minimum of 75 percent forestland or a documented plan that includes sufficient landowner capacity to reforest to at least 75 percent forestland.

  • It can be managed consistent with the purpose for which it was acquired by FLP.

  • The landowner is willing to sell or donate the interest in perpetuity.

  • The landowner acknowledges that the conservation easement will be held by a government entity if Federal funds are used for the acquisition.

State and local governments, individuals, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations are all eligible recipients.


Landowners with completed FLP conservation easements on their property(s) have the longterm responsibility for managing their land in a manner consistent with the purposes of the FLP and the terms specified in the conservation easement and Multi-Resource Management Part II – Forest Legacy Program Structure and Funding 16 Forest Legacy Program Implementation Guidelines Plan. Landowners who purchase or inherit properties with FLP conservation easements also assume these long-term roles.


Release Date

April 21, 2023


May 20, 2024


Forest Service

Financial Instrument

Easement, Grant, Cost Share

Maximum Award Amount


Total Program Funding


Updated April 9, 2024

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