On Wednesday, April 18, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced the opening of the application process for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP). The CFP is a competitive grant program allowing local governments, non-profits and native tribes to establish community forests by acquiring private forest land from willing sellers.
To qualify for a CFP grant, the acquired land must be 75 percent forested, able to sustain natural vegetation and a minimum size of five-acres. CFP grants can pay up to 50 percent of the project’s cost, and acquired lands are required to be actively managed in accordance with a community forest plan. These plans must include guaranteed public access.
Interested county governments must submit applications to their state forester by June 29, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to work with their USFS Regional Forester during the CFP application process.
More information on CFP grants can be found here.