Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection

Funding Program Name: Healthy Forests Reserve Program
Program Overview The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) is a voluntary program established for the purpose of restoring and enhancing forest ecosystems to: 1) promote the recovery of threatened and endangered species, 2) improve biodiversity; and, 3) enhance carbon sequestration. Program implementation has been delegated by the Secretary of Agriculture to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Application Deadline Upon availability of funds a signup time period would be announced.
When Funds are Available When funds are appropriated by Congress
Average annual number of applicants 60
Typical percentage of applicants funded -
Is a matched amount required? No
Match Amount No
Funding Level FY 2016 $3 million
Funding Level FY 2015 $3.2 million
Funding Level FY 2014 $1.76 million (est.)
Funding Level FY 2013 $9.2 million
Typical lowest amount awarded -
Typical highest amount awarded -
Typical median amount awarded -
Other details on funding -
Primary Address U.S. Department of Agriculture
PO Box 2890 Room 6813-S
Washington, DC 20013-2890
Primary Telephone 202-720-1854
Primary Email steve.parkin@wdc.usda.gov
Primary Internet www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/
Secondary Address -
Secondary Telephone -
Secondary Email -
Secondary Internet -
Legislative Authority The HFRP was signed into law as part of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. Amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) reauthorizes the program for fiscal years 2009 through 2012.
Associated Keywords Biodiversity, Carbon Sequestration, Forests, Habitat, Land Acquisition, Private Land, Reserve, Restoration, Wildlife
Eligible Organizations Private Landowner
Eligibility Constraints To be eligible for enrollment, land must be private land which will restore, enhance, or measurably increase the likelihood of recovery of a threatened or endangered species, must improve biological diversity, or increase carbon sequestration.