- Buying land to conserve working forests (required for all projects)
- On purchased land, projects also may restore forest and habitat health and develop recreational facilities
Who May Apply?
- Cities, counties, and towns
- Native American tribes
- Nonprofit nature conservancy organizations
- Special purpose districts, public development authorities, or other political subdivisions of the state.
- State agencies (in partnership with one or more of the above groups)
Funding comes from the sale of state bonds.
A 15 percent match is required. Match may include the following:
- Appropriations or cash
- Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
- Federal, state, local, and private grants
- Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials
- Acquisition: Buying forestland
- Development: Developing recreation facilities, such as trails and trailheads, parking, restrooms, campgrounds, picnic and day-use areas, challenge courses, interpretive displays.
- Restoration: Restoring forest health or habitats, planting or reforestation, removing or correcting fish barriers
All projects must acquire land. Projects may include restoration or development of that land but restoration and development cannot be stand-alone projects.
- Acquiring land by a condemnation action of any kind
- Animal species introduction or propagation, other than biological controls for invasive species
- Environmental cleanup of illegal activities (contaminated materials, derelict vessels, trash, methamphetamine labs, etc.)
- Fish or other wildlife production facilities, such as fish hatcheries, to produce sport fish
- Indoor facilities such as community centers, environmental education or learning centers, gymnasiums, swimming and therapy pools, and ice-skating rinks
- Restoration required to mitigate for activities unrelated to community forests
- Routine operation and maintenance costs
- Purchase of maintenance equipment, tools, or supplies
Property acquired with these grants must be kept as forestlands forever. More information is in Manual 7: Long-term Obligations.