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Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)

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NRCS Oregon is currently accepting applications for 10-year cost-share agreements. Deadline is April 19, 2021.

The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands through easements and financial assistance. HRFP aids in the recovery of endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, improves plant and animal biodiversity and enhances carbon sequestration.  

Benefits
HFRP provides landowners with 10-year restoration agreements for specific conservation actions.  This announcement is specifically for restoration agreements and not 30 year or permanent easements. For acreage owned by an American Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract. 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.

NRCS Oregon has a history of working in HFRP for the restoration of habitat and to aid in protecting the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO). NSO is federally listed under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened in Washington, Oregon, and California.  Successful long-term habitat protection has been achieved with direct partner support from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and support from landowners.

In 2021, NRCS and Partners will be focusing specifically on restoration agreements with non-industrial private landowners (NIPF) and American Indian tribes to restore forestland for foraging habitat for NSO, and also to protect habitat from wildfire. Additionally, if a site has forest conditions that would benefit roosting and nesting, restoration activities can be utilized.

Eligible lands must be in the following Oregon Counties: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Lane
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.

Practices
Conservation Practices to benefit Northern Spotted Owl will be planned according to an approved Forest Management Plan.  The following is a list of HFRP practices:

  • Brush Management
  • Herbaceous Weed Treatment
  • Critical Area Planting
  • Fuel Break
  • Woody Residue Treatment
  • Wildlife Habitat Planting
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • Structures for Wildlife
  • Forest Trails and Landings
  • Forest Stand Improvement
  • Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment
  • Access Road
  • Access Control

Application Information
NOTE: NRCS Oregon is currently accepting applications for HFRP 10-year cost share agreements in the following Oregon counties: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Lane.

If you are interested in the HFRP program, contact your local county NRCS field office to apply, or click on the application link below under forms to print and complete an application to submit to your local County NRCS field office.

Funding
Funding will be made available through a 10-year restoration agreement. Practices will be paid (meeting NRCS standards and specifications) based off average cost as listed in the below cost list.  Average cost will be set at 50% financial assistance. 

Screening

  1. High-Applicant land is near to Northern Spotted Owl habitat and suitable for restoration of foraging or roosting/nesting in Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine Counties or applicant has previously applied for HFRP or applicant is within 1 mile of Late-Successional Reserves.
  2. Medium- Applicant land is near to Northern Spotted Owl habitat and suitable for restoration of foraging or roosting/nesting in Coos, Curry, Lane, Lincoln, Linn Counties.
  3. Low-Otherwise

Ranking
Program Questions:

  1. Forest management plan?
    1. Applicant has a management plan that considers management activities for restoration in context of NSO.
    2. Applicant has a management plan that considers restoration activities in context of developing older forest structure (late seral to mature).
    3. Applicant plans to develop a management plan as part of the HFRP process prior to obligation
    4. Applicant does not have/nor willing to obtain a management plan to address NSO habitat or older forest conditions.
       
  2. Applicant has previously applied to HFRP?
    1. yes
    2. no

Resource Questions:

  1. Is the property close or adjacent to a USFS/BLM Late-Successional Reserves (LSR)?
    1. Adjacent or less than a mile
    2. Within 10 miles
    3. Otherwise
       
  2. What is the dominant Seral state of the stand proposed for restoration activities?
    1. Mid Seral 15-40 years
    2. Late Seral 40-80 years
    3. Mature > 80 years
       
  3. What type of NSO habitat does this plan propose to enhance or create?
    1. Foraging
    2. Roosting/Nesting
       
  4. Are you within proximity of a known nesting site?
    1. Within 1.5-miles
    2. Within 1.6 to 5 miles
    3. Unknown
       
  5. The property size is:
    1.  <10 acres
    2. 10-40 acres
    3. 40+ acres

HFRP contracts are awarded to applicants with the highest rankings until funds are exhausted.

Forms and Information

Contact
Chris Chapa, Easement Program Specialist
Email: chris.chapa@usda.gov
Phone: 503-414-3248