Local governments are eligible for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service grants for activities to conserve forestlands. Funding is intended to support projects involving private forests under threat of conversion to non-forest purposes.
The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.
Eligible land for grants funded under this program are private forest that provides defined community benefits under CFP and is:
Allowable project costs include the purchase price for the property as well as transactional costs related to its acquisition. This includes: