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Forest Legacy Program

What is the Forest Legacy Program?

Healthy Douglas-fir stand with new and old growth.
The Forest Legacy Program is a national program administered by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry in partnership with participating states. 
The Forest Legacy Program addresses privately-owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization (the breaking up of large tracts of forestland in single ownership into smaller tracts with multiple owners) and other development pressures. Forest Legacy provides funds for the purchase of development rights to eligible private forestlands through either conservation easement or fee-title acquisition into public ownership. 
The goal of the program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non-commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity. In addition, the Forest Legacy Program promotes stewardship and sustainable management of private forest lands.
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 (pdf) 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. 

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.

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Oregon's Forest Legacy Program

In 2001, Oregon developed a Forest Legacy Program Assessment of Need (AON) that evaluated private forestlands with respect to important environmental, social and economic resources and how these resources were threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The 2001 Assessment of Need also described the need for the Forest Legacy Program in Oregon, and outlined how the Forest Legacy Program will be managed. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 526.065 governs Oregon’s participation in the Forest Legacy Program. 
The Oregon Department of Forestry, based on the recommendations of the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee, has updated Oregon’s Forest Legacy Program to address new factors that threatened large blocks of private industrial forestlands with development. These new factors include the loss of forest products manufacturing infrastructure and markets (especially eastern Oregon), restructuring of private industrial timberland ownership in the form of Timber Management Investment Organizations and Real Estate Investment Trusts that focus on full investment value of forestlands including disposition for higher and better non-forest uses and Oregon citizen concerns about property rights equity in Oregon’s land use planning system with the passage of Ballot Measure 37 in 2004 as modified by Ballot Measure 49 passed in 2007.
Oregon Forest Legacy Program is part of  Oregon's Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy developed based on the recommendations of the Stewardship Coordinating Committee as required by the 2008 Farm Bill. The updated program replaces Oregon’s 2001 Assessment of Need.
Jim Cathcart
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Bldg D
Salem, OR 97310
(503) 945-7493

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South Eugene Hills (Completed)
The South Eugene Hills project is located in an oak savanna belt around the south foothills of Eugene. The project combines ongoing regional efforts in watershed protection, wildlife habitat protection, open space preservation and recreation to conserve portions of the largest remaining undeveloped oak woodland, mixed−conifer and oak savanna habitat in the Willamette Valley. The project is a multi−year effort to conserve this critically imperiled habitat. This area includes the best quality and most diverse oak woodlands, the most northerly stands of California Black Oak, and some of the best remaining oak savannas and mixed conifer woodlands in the Willamette Valley. The area includes important habitat for many endangered species and species−of−concern, including some endemic to these forests and woodlands. The ecological values are among the highest in the Oregon.
The South Eugene Hills Phase I (pdf) project was a fee simple 25 acre parcel that conserves a rare native plant community and will provide a key recreational and habitat connection between Eugene’s 1000 acre Ridgeline Park system and a 2800 acre public−private wetland preserve. 

Gilchrist Forest (FY 2013 President's Budget Request)
This keystone 26,000−acre parcel is surrounded by three National Forests, a new
state forest, and BLM lands. This project (pdf) will sustain hundreds of vital jobs and generate economic development funds in Klamath County, protect a large aquifer recharge area for the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River, and restore a landscape−scale mature Ponderosa pine forest, one of the highest priority habitats in Oregon’s Conservation Strategy. The parcel will be added to the newly created Gilchrist State Forest and will be managed for sustainable forestry and public recreation while generating significant revenue for Klamath County. Because of the prime location (close to Bend and abundant outdoor recreation) and current zoning (including a destination resort overlay), this parcel is threatened with parcelization and conversion. Because conversion would result in job loss and increased fire risk and suppression cost, the Oregon Department of Forestry asked The Conservation Fund to secure the property as a pass−through acquisition. This is the highest priority acquisition for Governor Kitzhaber because it represents a unique and affordable investment in Oregon’s future.

Blue Mountain Heritage Project (FY 2013 President's Budget Request)
The Blue Mountain Heritage Project (BMHP) (pdf) is a family owned working−forest in
northeast Oregon consisting of 1,438 acres of mixed−pine timberlands, wetlands, sage−steppe communities and rare beaver pond complexes. The BMHP is adjacent to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Elkhorn Wildlife Management Area, which is contiguous to the Wallowa−Whitman National Forest (see map). The project creates a seamlessly integrated landscape contributing ecologically by the preservation of diverse ecosystems; economically through forest products and ranching; and socially via recreation, tours, significant Native American archeological sites, and historic Oregon Trail homesteads. Educational forums
hosted by the landowners have led to positive changes at the local, state, and federal levels to land and natural resource policies. Additionally, BMHP's successful sustainability model is being monitored to study its feasibility on other landscapes in the Intermountain West. Now, the sale of a portion of the family's property is imminent as economics force fragmentation of the BMHP. A Forest Legacy conservation easement will keep the property intact and ensure the project's presence as a model of balanced, full−circle sustainability.

West Klamath Lake Forest (FY 2013 Proposed)
The West Klamath Lake Forest project, on the Pacific flyway for migratory birds, is
along the west side of Upper Klamath Lake, the largest lake in Oregon, and in the Klamath Basin which has received national attention for severe water shortages impacting the farm economy and endangered fish. The project consists of three tracts threatened by resort overlay zoning. The Ball Mountain parcel is a lake fringe mixed conifer forest with 4 miles of proposed critical habitat for ESA federally listed shortnose and Lost River suckers. The Denny Creek parcel, habitat for endangered suckers and trophy redband trout, contains a mixed conifer forest and historical landmarks. The Caledonia Woodlands, which shares fence lines with the Running Y resort, is one of the last Oregon white oak−conifer woodlands east of the Cascade Mountains and supports over 80 bird species, most of which are at risk due to loss of available habitat. Two ranching families joined in this project to address environmental and economic issues in the Klamath Basin. The project will protect and restore 1,887 acres of working forests, stream, and lake habitats by improving forest health, bird and fish habitats, and Klamath Lake water resources.

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2013 Western Forest Legacy Program Managers Meeting Presentation and Handouts

Agenda - Western Forest Legacy Program Manager Meeting.pdfAgenda - Western Forest Legacy Program Manager Meeting.pdf

Forest Legacy Guidelines Revision -- Where Are We Headed.pdfForest Legacy Guidelines Revision -- Where Are We Headed.pdf

FY 2013 - Final Project List.pdfFY 2013 - Final Project List.pdf

 Discussion of Readiness - Building Blocks For Successful Projects

a Valle - Readiness (Internal Perspective).pdfValle - Readiness (Internal Perspective).pdf

Valle- Appendix G FLP Implementation Guidelines Recordkeeping.pdf

a2 Valle Appendix M  FLP Implementation Guidelines Conservation Easement.pdfValle Appendix M FLP Implementation Guidelines Conservation Easement.pdf

b Smith Six Points of Light.pdfSmith Six Points of Light.pdf

State of the Forest Legacy and Community Forest Programs

a Stewart State of Forest Legacy Program.pdfStewart State of Forest Legacy Program.pdf

b Stewart State of the Community Forest Program.pdfStewart State of the Community Forest Program.pdf

Land Trust Perspective (Panel) - Working with the Forest Legacy Program

a Chalfant Deschutes Land Trust.pdfChalfant Deschutes Land Trust.pdf

c Kearney Columbia Land Trust.pdfKearney Columbia Land Trust.pdf

d Wayburn The Pacific Forest Trust.pdfWayburn The Pacific Forest Trust.pdf

e Proposed Amendment.pdfProposed Amendment.pdf

f Group Discussion Working with the Forest Legacy Program.pdfGroup Discussion Working with the Forest Legacy Program.pdf


Decker - Flyover of Oregon's Forests.pdfDecker - Flyover of Oregon's Forests.pdf

Gilchrist State Forest Tour

a Gilchrist Forest Tour Agenda.pdfa Gilchrist Forest Tour Agenda.pdf

b Gilchrist Forest FY 2014 Project Brief National Panel Submitted.pdfb Gilchrist Forest FY 2014 Project Brief National Panel Submitted.pdf

c The Conservation Fund Northwest Team.pdfc The Conservation Fund Northwest Team.pdf

d Oregon Forest Legacy Areas.pdfd Oregon Forest Legacy Areas.pdf

e Fitzgerald Integrating Fuels Management with Developing Complex Forests.pdfe Fitzgerald Integrating Fuels Management with Developing Complex Forests.pdf

g Smith Generating Value through Forest Carbon.pdfg Smith Generating Value through Forest Carbon.pdf

h Group Photo.jpgh Group Photo.jpg

Federal Appraisal Standards

Hickey - Federal Appraisal Standards.pdfHickey - Federal Appraisal Standards.pdf

Mock Panel Review

a Harper and Haines National Scoring Statistics.pdfa Harper and Haines National Scoring Statistics.pdf

b Harper and Haines National Program Scoring Guidelines.pdfb Harper and Haines National Program Scoring Guidelines.pdf

c Harper and Haines Tips for Writing Better Briefs.pdfc Harper and Haines Tips for Writing Better Briefs.pdf


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