Healthy Forest Reserve Program
2007 Arkansas Pilot Program
The Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP) is a voluntary program that encourages landowners to restore, enhance, and protect forestland resources on private land through easements (30 or 99 year) and 10-year cost share agreements. The objectives of the HFRP are to:
In Arkansas, the HFRP is expected to promote a suite of species, including the following threatened and endangered species:
These species are expected to benefit as a result of improved pine forest habitat conditions, implementation of forestry best management practices, and improved water quality through better management of riparian areas.
How HFRP Works
Persons interested in entering into an easement or cost share agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must turn in a completed application by April 20, 2007.
If an application is approved for funding, the NRCS will pay the participant 100% of the Yellow Book value of their land for a 99-year easement and 75% of the Yellow Book value for a 30-year easement. Those accepted for 10-year cost share agreements are only eligible for cost share payments.
The NRCS will work with participants to develop a forest management plan. This plan becomes the basis of the easement or agreement and cost share payments are made based on the completion of the practices in the plan. The NRCS will pay 100% cost share on all practices for 99-year easements, 75% cost share on 30-year easements and 50% cost share for 10-year cost share agreements.
To be eligible to enroll an easement or contract in the HFRP, a landowner must:
The following criteria are specific to the 2007 HFRP Pilot Program in Arkansas. Eligible lands must:
The following lands are not eligible for the HFRP:
Note: This is not intended to be a definitive interpretation of legislation. Rather, it is preliminary and may change as USDA develops implementation policies and procedures.
Signup ends April 20, 2007.
State HFRP Press Release
Arkansas HFRP Program Manager
Last Modified: 01/12/2012