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More than 44 percent of land in Oregon is privately owned. Financial incentive programs are available to encourage and assist landowners so they can manage their forest resources and meet their objectives. Typical forestry projects include protecting the landowner's resources/investment from fire or insect and disease infestation, and increasing monetary and environmental values of their forested property for the future. 

Where can landowners find out what, if any, financial assistance is available, and the requirements needed to qualify? Below are links to information about incentive programs common to private forestland owners. You will also find contact information for inquiries about each program.

The goal of the Afforestation Incentive is to encourage landowners to plant and grow timber on lands where commercial forest production is the main objective. The incentive program provides an exemption from most tree retention requirements and assures that no state regulations will prohibit the harvesting of timber during the first crop rotation.

Qualifications & specifications

  • The parcel has not been used to grow commercial forest since July 1, 1972
  • The parcel carries less than 25 square feet of basal area per acre in forest tree stocking
  • There are at least five contiguous acres of timber

Limitations

  • Harvesting is restricted within 20 feet of large or medium streams of Type F, Type D, or Type N and small Type F or Type D streams
  • Forest Practice rules applying to other than tree retention must be followed as usual
  • A parcel or portion thereof may qualify for this exemption only one time

How to apply?

Request certification between two and five years after establishing a new stand

Supply the Oregon Department of Forestry with:
  • An accurate plat map locating the parcel or portion thereof that had timber established on it
  • ​Photographs of the area showing that in its pre-establishment condition it was not used for commercial forest production
See Oregon Revised Statute 526.490​​ for additional afforestation requirements.​​

The goal of the Bark Beetle Mitigation Fund is to assist family forestland owners in prevention and help restore areas affected by bark beetles.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Projects may include the thinning of stands to reduce susceptibility to beetle attacks
  • Projects should be focused on prevention and increasing resiliency
  • Areas adjacent to current bark beetle outbreaks or those deemed to be under imminent threat will receive the highest priority in selection
  • 50% cost-share (cost reimbursement) will be provided to all landowners with qualified projects
  • Project specifications and technical assistance are provided by a local ODF stewardship forester​

Limitations

  • Funds are subject to local availability in areas of Eastern and Central Oregon
  • Costs of pruning as well as profitable salvage operations are not eligible

How to apply? 

Application

The Bark Beetle Mitigation program is made possible with funding and other program support provided by the USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Region, State & Private Cooperative Forestry.​​

  • Geographic availability: limited to Grant, Union, Wallowa, Umatilla and Baker counties
  • Eligibility: available to public, private, and non-profit entities
  • Match requirement: minimum 25 percent match required
  • Eligible use of funds: feasibility, design, engineering for biomass utilization
  • Amount awarded to date: $170,000 awarded to nine entities since 2013
  • Funding source: USDA Forest Service​
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The goal of the Community Forest Program is to establish community forests; this is achieved by acquiring land which protects it from conversion to non-forest uses. The Community Forest Program is a federal program that assists landowners in establishing community forests, and sustainably managing them for public benefit including recreation, income, wildlife habitat, stewardship demonstrations sites, and environmental education.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Community Forests can be owned by local governments, Tribal governments and qualified nonprofit entities
  • The program pays up to 50 percent of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match. The match can include cash, in-kind services or donations from a non-Federal source. Additional requirements and information are found in §230.6 of the Community Forest Open Space Conservation Program final rule​ 
  • Public access is required for Community Forests
  • The community must be involved in the establishment of the community forest and long-term management decisions
  • Lands eligible for grants funded under the program must be private forest at least five acres in size and at least 75 percent forested, or suitable for sustaining forest cover
  • Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000
  • Full fee title acquisition is required; conservation easements are not eligible

How to apply?

Additional criteria

Oregon Community Forests should have a strong landowner/public forestry/outdoor education component that expands and develops additional capacity to forestry education efforts within Oregon. Oregon prefers projects that exhibit the following:

  • The Community Forest Plan’s long-term management for forestry purposes is set forth through a written and approved Forest Stewardship/Oregon Tree Farm System forest management plan <embed link to Forest Stewardship/Oregon Tree Farm System page>
  • The applicant is a family forestry-related nonprofit organization with local forestland owner and community engagement in their governance, and has demonstrated financial and organizational capacity to actively manage forestland
  • The proposed property is certified, or will become certified, by the American Tree Farm System, Forest Stewardship Council, and/or Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • The eligible property curretnly demonstrates effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry as opposed to being in a degraded condition needing forest restoration and rehabilitation
  • The project supports implementation of the Oregon Conservation Strategy
  • The project is located within an urban-rural interface area and is threatened with conversion to a non-forestry use

Non-industrial private landowners who are the subject of the Community Forest Program application are free to pursue additional funding for the development of a Forest Stewardship Plan. The following conditions apply:

  • The private forestland owner wants to willingly participate in the Community Forest Program and commits to the Forest Stewardship Plan/Oregon Tree Farm plan (or a modification thereof that might remove public access and other provisions sought by the Community should the project not get Community Forest Program funding)
  • There is clear understanding between the Community and private landowner regarding who bears the cost-share non-federal match for the completed plan depending on the outcome of any award for the Community Forest Program
  • Only NEW plans are eligible for cost-share assistance; financial assistance is not available to update a current Forest Stewardship/Oregon Tree Farm Plans
  • Additional information and application instructions for the Forest Stewardship Program

The Community Forestry Program is made possible with funding and other program support provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific NW Region, State & Private Cooperative Forestry.​

 The goal of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is to encourage landowners to protect soil, water, fish, and wildlife by establishing plants along streams.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Focus is placed on establishing riparian vegetation on agricultural land along streams
  • Cost-sharing, land rental payments, and other incentives are available

How to apply?

The goal of the Conservation Reserve Program is to improve the nation’s natural resources by placing highly erodible and other environmentally sensitive pasture or cropland into conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Land must be owned for no less than one year, and contracts shall be not less than 10 years or more than 15 years in duration
  • Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multi-year contract. Cost sharing is provided to establish the vegetative cover practices
  • Eligible practices include filter strips, riparian buffers, shelter belts, living snow fences, field windbreaks, grass waterways, salt tolerant vegetation and shallow water areas for wildlife

How to apply?​

Information and applications are available at local Farm Service Agency offices or the Natural Resource Conservation Service​

The goal of the Conservation Stewardship Program is to help landowners and operators maintain existing stewardship and adopt additional conservation on privately owned, non-industrial working forests and agricultural lands.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Signup for this program of the 2008 Farm Bill is open in every county nationwide on a continuous basis
  • Participants enter into a 5-year contract to receive an annual payment based on land use
  • Those enrolled will develop and follow a plan to addresses at least one priority resource concern not previously treated
  • Payments are limited to $40,000 per year and $200,000 per contract 

How to apply?​

Information and applications are available at local Natural Resource Conservation Service ​offices 

The goal of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is to encourage landowners to implement management practices that conserve soil, water, and related natural resources on working lands.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Practice payments offset the costs associated with the installation, cost of materials and/or income lost with adoption of conservation measures
  • Payments to a person or entity are limited to $300,000 during any 6-year period
  • Operators of non-industrial, private forest land must have an interest in the land and have control of it for the life of the contract
  • Contracts can be up to 10 years in duration

How to apply?

Additional information and applications are available from your local Natural Resource Conservation Service​​ office. ​​

The Forest Legacy Program is a national program that addresses privately-owned forestlands that face threats of conversion to non-forest use by development pressures. The goal of the Forest Legacy Program is to promote stewardship and sustainable management of private forest lands by maintain working forests that conserve important forest resource and conservation values. 

 

Forest Legacy provides funds for eligible private forestlands for the purchase of development rights through either conservation easement or fee-title acquisition into public ownership.  

All properties entered into Oregon’s Forest Legacy Program – either through conservation easement, fee acquisition or donation – have their forest resources and conservation values protected and managed in accordance with a State Forester approved Forest Stewardship Plan.  

The program operates in designated Forest Legacy Areas​ where important forests may be lost to non-forest uses. The Forest Legacy Program seeks projects that strengthen local communities through state, local and private partnerships in conservation. Landowner participation in the Forest Legacy Program is voluntary. ​

 

 For assistance call: Amy Singh @ 971-718-1054

 The Forest Legacy Program is made possible with funding and other program support provided by the USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Region, State & Private Cooperative Forestry.​

 

The goal of the Forest Stewardship Program is to assist landowners in developing Stewardship and Tree Farm Plans.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Up to 75 percent cost-share reimbursement for Stewardship Plans written by a professional natural resource consultant
  • Cost-share does NOT cover a timber cruise or appraisal
  • Cost-share must be pre-approved by ODF prior to creation of a Plan
  • Plans must be developed according to the Oregon Forest Management Plan/Tools and Guidance
  • Plans must be reviewed and approved by the local ODF stewardship forester
  • Minimum Plan size is 10 acres
  • Plans apply to rural land suitable for growing trees and existing rural forestland
  • Plans are considered to have a ten-year life span unless updated before ten years has elapsed. Family forestland owners may apply for cost share for one new plan per forested property
  • Plan updates are appropriate for landowners with a five year old, or older, multi-resource plan that has not been revised. Family forestland owners may apply for cost share for one plan per forested property

How to apply?

The goal of the Healthy Forest Reserve Program is to restore and enhance ecosystems and habitats for threatened and endangered species while promoting sustainable timber harvests on working forest lands.

Qualifications & specifications

  • The property must be 40 acres or more of private, working forest land that will contribute existing northern spotted owl habitat
  • Those who enter into a Permanent Easement receive 100 percent of the appraised easement value and 100 percent of the average cost of practices. Those who select a 10-Year Easement receive 50 percent of the average cost of practices
  • The landowner must develop a Forest Stewardship Plan and participates in a Safe Harbor agreement for the protection of spotted owl habitat

How to apply?

Information and applications are available from the Natural Resource Conservation Service​ or the US Fish and Wildlife Service​.

The Oregon State Weed Board guides state noxious weed control priorities and awards grants to landowners, public agencies, and others to control noxious weeds.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Grants are considered and awarded in two grant cycles annually, with applications usually due in January and July

How to apply?

Refer to the Oregon State Weed Board Grant Program for specific details, including current application forms and deadlines.

Additional references

  • Geographic availability: statewide
  • Eligibility: available to public, private, and non-profit entities
  • Match requirement: minimum 25 percent match required
  • Eligible use of funds: feasibility, design, engineering for biomass energy projects
  • Amount awarded to date: none.  $150,00​​0 available
  • Funding source: USDA Forest Service
These grants help fire agencies meet their firefighting and emergency response needs. The following links provide background on the VFA grants along with instructions and forms to apply.

The goal of the Wetlands Reserve Program is to restore, protect, and enhance wetland functions and values on private property.

Qualifications & specifications

  • Participants have three enrollment options:
    • A permanent easement for 100 percent of the easement value and up to 100 percent of restoration costs
    • A 30-year easement for up to 75 percent of the easement value and up to 75 percent of restoration costs
    • ​A restoration cost-share agreement of generally 10 years for up to 75 percent of restoration costs ($50,000 annual payment limitation)
  • The applicant must have had ownership of the land for at least seven years prior to enrollment and agree to limit certain land uses for the length of the easement
  • The project must meet WRP objectives, maximize wildlife benefits, and show a high likelihood of successful restoration of wetland functions and values

How to apply?

Information and applications are available from the Farm Service Agency or the Natural Resource Conservation Service. ​​​

These grants help communities reduce their vulnerability to wildfire.​ More information.​

The goal of the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat on private lands.

Qualifications & specifications

  • The participant agrees to prepare and implement a wildlife habitat development plan and maintain practices
  • Practice payments offset the costs of installation and materials for conservation measures
  • Payments to a person or entity are limited to $50,000 per year
  • Cost-share agreements can be up to 10 years in duration

Limitations

  • ​Land must not be used for mitigation or other specified exceptions, and cannot be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Healthy Forest Reserve Program, or similar easement programs

How to apply?

Information and applications are available from the Natural Resource Conservation Service.​ ​​​

 

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Partnership Development Program
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: 503-945-7419
Email​

Private Forest Division
Landowner Assistance Program
2600 State Street​
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: 503-945-7207
Email

Fire Protection Division
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: 503-945-7207​
Email​