Landscape Scale Restoration

Published on
Wed, 12/18/2019 - 18:15

The Landscape Scale Restoration Program is a Forest Service State and Private Forestry competitive grant program that promotes collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes and furthers priorities identified in State Forest Action plans. In doing so, the program helps ensure that our nation’s forests continue to provide important benefits to the American public, including timber and fuel wood, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and well-paying rural jobs.

Landscape Scale Restoration projects cross multiple jurisdictions, including tribal, state and local government, and private forest land, integrating other Forest Service programs to address large-scale issues such as wildfire risk reduction, watershed protection and restoration, and the spread of invasive species, insect infestation and disease.

The Forest Service is seeking public input on a proposed directive for the Landscape Scale Restoration Program. This directive sets forth policy, responsibilities, and programmatic direction for the Landscape Scale Restoration Program, including updated eligibility requirements and a definition of “rural” for purposes of program eligibility. Comments must be received, in writing, on or before December 16, 2020. More information may be found in the Federal Register.

How the Program Works

Landscape Scale Restoration is a competitive grant program that bundles and coordinates several State and Private Forestry programs and authorities to more efficiently deliver cross-boundary impacts. While LSR funds can only be spent on non-federal lands, the program still delivers benefits to national forests by contributing to healthier and more resilient landscapes overall.

State and territorial forestry agencies, units of local government, Tribes, non-profit organizations and universities are eligible to submit projects that address the top priorities identified in their Forest Action Plans or an equivalent restoration strategy.  Projects are developed in partnership with diverse stakeholders and effectively leverage local knowledge, expertise, and resources. Search and download project reports with the LSR search tool or explore LSR projects and landscapes with the Landscape Scale Restoration Map Viewer.

Learn more about our projects and partners.

The Landscape Scale Restoration Program leverages expertise and resources from numerous partners. Photo by Andrew Owen, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

How to Apply

LSR proposal submissions are administered by three regional processes. Please visit the following websites for specific regional information about the application process, including the annual request for applications:

Funding and Accomplishments

Program Guidelines and Performance

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