The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is a conservation program administered by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with State agencies to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands through conservation easements or land purchases. 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.
Loss of forested areas poses an increasing threat to the integrity of the nation’s natural resources. As these areas are fragmented and disappear, so do the benefits they provide. By providing economic incentives to landowners to keep their forests as forests, we can encourage sustainable forest management and support strong markets for forest products.
Since its creation in 1990, FLP has conserved over 3 million acres of forest land and expanded across the country to 53 states and territories. These “working forests” protect water quality and provide wildlife habitat, forest products, opportunities for recreation and other public benefits. Explore the places and projects Forest Legacy conserves through the Forest Legacy Interactive Map.
- Economic Contributions of the Forest Legacy Program: Full Report (NEW)
- Economic Contributions of the Forest Legacy Program: Summary (NEW)
- Rainbow Ridge Forest Legacy Project: Thamar’s Legacy
- Protecting the Forest Products Economy and Tortoise Habitat in Georgia