Healthy Forests Reserve Program

Description: Landowners with forests on their property can leverage the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) to support the protection and restoration of forest habitats and endangered species. Growers can participate in restoration or easement agreements with the NRCS and may be eligible for additional cost-share funding to support conservation practices on HFRP land. Only 12 states offer this program: Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina

Type of funding: Easement, Cost-Share

Type of applicaiton: Standard Form

Program focus area: Conservation

Maximum award amount: 100% cost-share on easements & conservation implementation for permanent easements

Average award amount: $40,400 (although the program has been scaled back significantly in recent years)

Duration: Permanent if easement; options for 30-year contracts or easements, or 10-year cost-share agreements

Deadline to apply: Continuous

Application acceptance rate: Information not currently available

How to apply: If you’re interested in this program, contact our team at