Forest Legacy Program

A Program of the USDA Forest Service

The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) assures that both traditional uses of private lands and the public benefits of America's forests are protected for future generations. It provides an incentive based mechanism to protect critical important fish and wildlife habitat, conserve watershed functions, and maintain recreation opportunities. The program emphasizes protection of significant forests of regional and national significance.

  • The FLP was established in the 1990 Farm Bill to protect environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses and to promote forestland protection through the use of conservation easements and fee-simple purchase.
  • The FLP involves a partnership between the U.S Forest Service, state and local governments, land trusts, land conservation organizations, and interested landowners. The program operates on the principle of “willing buyer, willing seller.”
  • States and Territories develop an Assessment of Need (AON) to participate in the program. The AON is an implementation plan for the program that indicates what lands are eligible for the program and demonstrates how these important forested lands will be conserved.
  • Fifty-three states and territories are active in the FLP.
  • Since its first appropriations in FY 1992, FLP has protected more than 2.4 Million acres.

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