Applications are now being accepted for a program that works to protect the future of Oregon’s forests.
The “Forest Legacy” program helps landowners with conservation of forests threatened by risk of ownership fragmentation or new development.
Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to Oregon Department of Forestry by May 22. Letters must be submitted by the applying private forest landowner themselves, or by a third party with written consent from the landowner confirming representation.
Letters of interest should describe the project’s strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic with respect to statewide conservation assessments, strategies or plans. To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated in Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).
Project nominations consisting of a three- to four-page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 22 to: Jim Cathcart, Cooperative Forestry Manager, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.