The Long Island Sound Regional Conservation Partnership Program (LISW-RCPP), of which the RCP Network is a partner, is pleased to announce their 2016 Healthy Forest Reserve Program Grant Round.

Enrollment Period: June 1, 2016, to August 1, 2016

The purpose of the LISW-RCPP - Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) is to assist landowners, on a voluntary basis, in helping to achieve outcomes representing the restoring, enhancing and protecting of forestland resources on private lands through permanent conservation easements.

The LISW-RCPP has developed a pre-screening application process to help Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) direct $3.25 million in HFRP funding to land protection projects that:

  • Promote the recovery of endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Improve plant and animal biodiversity
  • Enhance carbon sequestration
  • Protect drinking water supply resource areas

Click here to go to the LISW-RCPP website.

Click here for an online map that will help you see if a parcel is eligible and competitive (click here for map instructions).

Click here for the Request for Proposals.

Click here for an Application.

For more information about our pre-screening process, please email the chair of the LISW-RCPP Forest Land Protection Technical Committee (and author of this blog), Highstead Senior Conservationist Bill Labich ( 

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  • Every RCP and land trust in the LI Sound Watershed would do well to review this program. If not on behalf of a landowner towards applying by August 1, then indeed to understand the pros and cons of the NRCS' Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP). Some consider this program to have the funding potential of the Forest Legacy program. The USFS Forest Legacy program has granted tens of millions of dollars to state's forest conservation priorities (2004-2014 (Source: Take a good look at HFRP even if you're not in LI Sound Watershed.

    Email me any questions (, and I will pass them on to the LISW-RCPP Forest Land Protection Technical Committee and get you some answers.
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