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Healthy Forests Reserve Program

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Overview

The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands through easements and financial assistance. Through HRFP, landowners promote the recovery of endangered or threatened species, improve plant and animal biodiversity and enhance carbon sequestration. Some landowners may avoid regulatory restrictions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by restoring or improving habitat on their land for a specified period.

Washington HFRP Project Areas

In Washington State, HFRP is only available through Washington’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in the following project areas (click here for a high resolution version):

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Eligibility

To be eligible for HFRP, 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. HFRP applicants must provide proof of ownership by providing a deed copy or other documentation showing that the landowner has title to the land, 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. The eligible land must also be determined habitat for the project’s focus on determined threatened & endangered species.

Enrollment Options

HFRP contracts are awarded to applicants with the highest rankings until funds are exhausted. Easement value will be determined by completing an appraisal for easement property. HFRP 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.

How to Apply

In Washington State, eligible landowners/operators interested in HFRP need to apply through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) lead partner in their respective project area where the eligible land is located:

Project Threatened & Endangered (T&E) Species Focus POC Name & Contact Information
#1672 Yakima integrated Plan - Toppenish to Tenaway Steelhead Salmon Anna Lael
a-lael@conservewa.net
#1412 Greater Spokane River Watershed Implementation Flammulated Owl Charlie Peterson
charlie-peterson@sccd.org
#1650 SW Washington NIPF Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet
View eligible habitat area map
Michael Kuttel Jr.
Michael.Kuttel@dfw.wa.gov

More Information

Washington State Contact

Carlee Elliott
State Easement Program Coordinator
11707 East Sprague Avenue, Suite 301
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
carlee.elke@usda.gov