Idaho Department of Lands (IDL)
Economic Incentive Program for Idaho private landowners to preserve high-valued forestlands through conservation easements. This program involves a one-time purchase of developmental rights, granting landowners immediate financial benefit while ensuring that the enrolled lands are preserved as forests in perpetuity.
The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is a conservation program that seeks to protect privately owned, economically and environmentally important forestlands that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The Forest Legacy Program provides funding to Idaho to purchase conservation easements on private lands that might otherwise be developed and lost as forests. The program is voluntary and includes only those private landowners who wish to sell development rights to their lands.
Lands covered by a FLP conservation easement stay in private ownership and continue to be managed for traditional uses such as forest management. By providing economic incentives to landowners to keep their forests as forests, sustainable forest management is encouraged, resulting in strong markets for forest products. Protection of private forests through FLP maintains a multitude of public benefits including opportunities to hunt, fish, and camp; clean and abundant drinking water; habitat for fish and wildlife; and timber, fuel wood, and other forest products.
Participation in the program allows landowners to capture part of the value their land has for development but, at the same time, assure that it will remain as forestland forever. FLP conservation easements are legally binding agreements that transfer a negotiated set of property rights from the landowner to the State of Idaho without removing that property from private ownership. The program allows a one-time purchase of the "developmental rights" by the State of Idaho. The Idaho Department of Lands will be responsible for assuring that the terms of the easement are met. In general, Idaho’s FLP conservation easements restrict development and mineral extraction, require sustainable forestry practices, and protect other values such as water, cultural resources, and fish and wildlife habitat.
For specific Goals and Objectives of the Program, see the guidelines link in the Supporting Documents section below.
GrantWatch ID#: 183505
Project Eligibility Requirements - Projects must be:
- Within an Idaho Priority Landscape Area as identified in Idaho’s Forest Action Plan.
- Sponsored by a state agency or a land trust organization.
- Privately owned (non-federal, State, or local government).
- At least five (5) acres in size.
- 75% forestland (defined as land with trees that has at least 10% canopy cover or formally had such tree cover and is not currently developed for non-forest use).
In addition, landowners must agree to follow federal FLP requirements and implementation rules including:
a. Accepting an appraisal that meets standard federal appraisal guidelines.
b. Managing the property by means of a Landowner Forest Stewardship Plan (LFSP) approved through the Idaho Forest Stewardship Program.
c. Signing a perpetual conservation easement with the State of Idaho, with the stated purposes of maintaining, enhancing, and/or conserving in perpetuity the forestland and conservation values of the property.
d. Allowing annual monitoring for conservation easement (CE) compliance.
The application deadline has been extended and must be received by July 15, 2019 to be considered for fiscal year 2021.
Projects must include a minimum 25% non-federal match.
Forest Legacy Program: https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/private-land/forest-legacy
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Karen Sjoquist, Forest Legacy Program Coordinator
2550 Highway 2 West
Sandpoint, ID 83864
(208) 263-5104, ext. 5120
Bureau of Forestry Assistance
3284 West Industrial Loop
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815