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.
Promote the recovery of endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA);
Improve plant and animal biodiversity; and
enhance carbon sequestration.
Restoring and protecting forests contribute to the economy, provides biodiversity of plants and animal populations, and improves environmental quality.
Landowner Protections will be made available to landowners enrolled in HFRP who agree, for a specified period to restore or improve their land for threatened or endangered species habitat. In exchange they avoid certain regulatory restrictions under the Endangered Species Act on the use of that land.
The HFRP provides financial assistance in the form of easement payments and costs-share for specific conservation action completed by the landowner.
The Program offers four enrollment options:
A 10-year restoration cost-share agreement; for which the landowner may receive 50 percent of the average cost of the approved conservation practices.
A 30-year easement, for which the landowner may receive 75 percent of the easement value of the enrolled land plus 75 percent of the average cost of the approved conservation practices.
A 30-year contract on acreage owned by Indian Tribes, or
Permanent easements for which landowners may receive 100 percent of the easement value of the enrolled land plus 100 percent the average cost of the approved conservation practices.
To be eligible for enrollment, land must be private land or Tribal land which will restore enhance or measurable increase the likelihood of recovery of a threatened or endangered species must improve biological diversity or increase carbon sequestration.