2014 Farm Bill Programs

Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP)

Purpose of Program

  • The purpose of HFRP is to assist landowners in restoring and enhancing forest ecosystems, promote recovery of federal, state and NRCS listed species, improve biodiversity and enhance carbon sequestration.
  • $12 million in funding is authorized for annual appropriations each year 2014-2018.

Eligibility

  • Private land capable of supporting federal candidate, threatened or endangered species, state or NRCS listed species, enhancing biodiversity or storing carbon in a functioning forest ecosystem.
  • This includes land owned by Indian Tribes and private industrial forest owners.
  • The $900,000 adjusted gross income limit does not apply to this program.

Contracts and Cost-Share

  • Land enrollment through 10 year restoration cost-share agreements, 30 year contract (only available to Tribes or tribal individuals), or permanent easements.

Application Process

Common HFRP Practices

  • Forest site preparation
  • Tree planting
  • Prescribed burning
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

For more information contact:
Chuck Kowaleski, Farm Bill Coordinator
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Phone: (254) 718-7684
Email: Chuck.Kowaleski@tpwd.texas.gov

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