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.
- 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.
- Administered by NRCS in coordination with U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.
- Limited signup periods advertised on NRCS website:
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
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Contact information from the US Dept. of Agriculture Service Center Locator for Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies.