Forest Legacy Program

As part of the 1990 Farm Bill, Congress created the Forest Legacy Program to help protect environmentally important private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. The Secretary of Agriculture is responsible for the development and administration of the Forest Legacy Program. The US Forest Service in cooperation with States and other units of government is responsible for the implementation of the program. States have been granted the authority to establish criteria for their programs within the framework of the national program to help address specific needs and goals of their state.

To help maintain the integrity and traditional uses of private forest lands, the Forest Legacy Program promotes the use of conservation easements, legally binding agreements transferring a negotiated set of property rights from one party to another. Participation in the program is entirely voluntary.

Forest Legacy Project Applications are due by July 31st annually.

NH Forest Legacy Areas (pdf)

New Hampshire Forest Legacy Committee
Brad Simpkins, Interim Director New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
Charles Bridges New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Duane Hyde The Nature Conservancy
Carol Foss Audubon Society of New Hampshire
Paul Doscher Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests
Peter Helm Office of Energy and Planning
Tom Wagner White Mountain National Forest
Mike King North Country Council
Chris Gamache New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
Jasen Stock New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association


Susan Francher

New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
Bill Carpenter New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
Deirdre Raimo USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry
Neal Bungard USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry

Meeting Agendas & Minutes



August 11, 2011   

August 11, 2011   

September 15, 2011