Privately-owned forested lands can receive help to prevent them from being converted or developed into non-forested land and protect environmentally sensitive forest lands. Landowners are encouraged to obtain long-term conservation easements and implement sustainable forestry practices. To maximize the public benefit this achieves, ODF can help landowners access incentives through the federal Forest Legacy Program.
All properties under Oregon’s Forest Legacy Program have their forest resources and conservation values protected and managed using a State Forester approved Forest Stewardship Plan.
The Forest Legacy Program seeks projects that strengthen local communities through state, local and private conservation partnerships. Landowner participation is voluntary.
Visit the Oregon Forest Stewardship Program or visit the US Forest Service Forest Stewardship Program.
Growing community forests prevents forests from being changed to another use. To do this local governments and nonprofit groups acquire land to grow and sustain a community forest. They manage the forest for public benefit including recreation, income, wildlife habitat, stewardship demonstrations sites, and environmental education.
The federal government may provide up to $400,000 to help a community grow a forest through its Community Forest Program.
Oregon Community Forest Program or visit the
US Forest Service Community Forest Program.
To help landowners and forestry professionals maintain and start new conservation work on privately owned, non-industrial working forests and agricultural lands, ODF can help landowners access up to $200,000 through the federal Conservation Stewardship Program.
Oregon Conservation Stewardship Program or visit the
US Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Stewardship Program.