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Healthy Forests Reserve Program


The purpose of the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) is to assist landowners, on a voluntary basis, in restoring, enhancing and protecting forestland resources on private lands through easements, 30-year contracts and 10-year cost-share agreements. 

The objectives of HRFP are to:

  • Promote the recovery of endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA);
  • Improve plant and animal biodiversity; and
  • Enhance carbon sequestration.

Detailed information on HFRP benefits, eligibility, and enrollment option is available.


Restoring and protecting forests contribute to the economy, provides biodiversity of plants and animal populations, and improves environmental quality. In Kentucky, HFRP will focus on habitat protection for the endangered Indiana Bat, and also threatened, endangered and candidate aquatic species. These species are expected to benefit as a result of improved forest habitat conditions, implementation of forestry best management practices, and improved water quality through better management of riparian areas.

Program Documents

Additional Information

NRCS amended the HFRP regulation in 7CFR, See the changes in the Final Rule for Changes to Existing Programson the Federal Register website offsite link image    .