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New England New York Forestry Initiative

New England-New York Forestry Initiative

Sign up for this program is offered on a continuous basis. Landowners who are interested in this special initiative can apply at their local USDA service center. 

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through EQIP, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and financial assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. EQIP contracts between NRCS and the participant last from one to five years.

EQIP Forestry Initiative Information

The goal of the New England-New York Forestry Initiative is to expand stewardship opportunities within EQIP for private forest lands (lands with existing tree cover or that is suitable for growing trees) through forest land planning. Conservation practices that improve wildlife habitat, forest health and productivity, and water quality are offered through this initiative. These practices include but are not limited to forest stand improvement, upland wildlife habitat management, forest trails and landings, early successional habitat management, brush management, herbaceous weed control, etc. Applicants with forestland or in fields with 25 percent more woody cover (aerial canopy cover) of tree species and who wish to install practices that will protect or enhance fish and wildlife habitat should apply to this initiative.


Forest management plans are only offered for cost share through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) as a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP).

New England/New York Forestry Initiative Information Fact Sheets and Report
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Woodland Stewardship Opportunities for Private Landowners (PDF, 166 KB)
New England-New York Forestry Initiative Fact Sheet (PDF, 405 KB)
New England-New York Forestry Initiative Report (PDF, 705 KB)


To be eligible for the initiative applicants must be willing to implement at least one core conservation practice. The core conservation practices are listed below:

EQIP Required Documents

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2013 EQIP Application (PDF, 40 KB)

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to visit their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) and register as a program applicant, if they have not already done so, to complete the necessary paperwork to determine eligibility.

PLEASE NOTE: Practices started or completed before NRCS signs the contract are not eligible for payments, in accordance with program regulation and the Conservation Program Contract (CPC) appendix. Starting a practice or engaging the services of a technical service provider (TSP) before the contract is approved by NRCS renders an applicant ineligible for payment unless a waiver has been granted by the State Conservationist. Requests for a waiver to this provision must be made in writing. Waivers may be considered in special cases for meritorious reasons for applications that meet all eligibility requirements, provided that the practice was not started when the waiver application is made.