The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) is a voluntary program to assist landowners in restoring, enhancing, and protecting forestland resources on private lands through permanent easements, 30-year easements, and 10-year cost-share agreements. The program objectives are to promote the recovery of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act; improve plant and animal biodiversity; and enhance carbon sequestration.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Owners of private forest land are eligible to enroll in the Healthy Forests Reserve Program in Minnesota. The land must be capable of supporting endangered wildlife habitat, and must be located in a county where known endangered species can thrive.
Easement applicants must be able to convey clear title to the land.
How to Apply?
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.
Landowner's must provide a copy of the deed or other documentation showing that the landowner has clear title to the land.
The HFRP ranking criteria for Minnesota was developed in consultation with the State Technical Advisory Committee and Federal, State and local wildlife agencies and organizations. The HFRP ranking includes criteria on size and fragmentation of offered acres, connectivity, proximity to riparian areas, biodiversity, invasive species, and availability of snags. Applications are evaluated and awarded points utilizing the ranking criteria.