Healthy Forests Reserve Program
The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) is offered to provide financial and technical assistance to eligible participants who want to voluntarily protect, restore, or enhance threatened and endangered species habitat on forest properties they own or manage. California's HFRP focuses on habitat restoration and enhancement projects that have the potential to benefit listed anadromous fish and other at-risk wildlife.
HFRP provides landowners with 10-year restoration agreements and 30-year or permanent easements for specific conservation actions. For acreage owned by an Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract. Some landowners may avoid regulatory restrictions under the Endangered Species Act by restoring or improving habitat on their land for a specified period of time.
HFRP applicants must provide proof of ownership, or an operator (tenant) must provide written concurrence from the landowner of tenancy for the period of the HFRP restoration agreement in order to be eligible. Land enrolled in HFRP easements must be privately owned or owned by Indian tribes and restore, enhance or measurably increase the recovery of threatened or endangered species, improve biological diversity or increase carbon storage.
Land enrolled in HFRP easements - must be privately owned or owned by Indian tribes and restore, enhance or measureably increase the recovery of threatened or endangered species, improve biological diversity or increase carbon storage.
Program Ranking and Evaluation
The California HFRP provides cost-share funds for specific conservation practices that restore or enhance threatened and endangered fish and wildlife habitat. Applications will be screened and ranked statewide in a single pool using factors that address program objectives and environmental benefits toward improving habitat for listed and at-risk species. The approved practice list for this initiative is available for viewing below. Applications that provide the greatest environmental benefit will be ranked highest and awarded funding through a local evaluation process. Applications that are unable to be funded through this fiscal year's program will be deferred to the next funding cycle.
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How to Apply
Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply
or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted
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Alan R. Forkey, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Dean Kwasny, Easement Programs Specialist
Phone: (530) 792-5648