The Community Forest Program is a US Forest Service competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grant funding to establish community forests.  Community forests provide many benefits, such as:

  • Wildlife habitat
  • Clean air and water
  • Economic benefits from timber resources
  • Recreation
  • Forest-based educational opportunities and models of effective forest stewardship

Private forest land is purchased through fee simple acquisition from a willing seller; conservation easements are not eligible for this program.


FY2017 US Forest Service Request for Applications

We are pleased to announce the Request for Applications for the US Forest Service Community Forest Program (CFP) that was published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2016. Please share widely with anyone who might be interested in creating or expanding a Community Forest.

Applications are due to the appropriate State Forester or Tribal Official, depending on the applicant, by January 13, 2017.  Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000.

Application Information

Grant submission summary and application requirements for 2017 CFP  pdf format of Grant submission summary and application requirements f

Community Forest Program (CFP) Federal Register Notice  pdf format of Community Forest Program (CFP) Federal Register Notice

The CFP Final Rule  pdf format of The CFP Final Rule

Suggested application template for CFP applications  pdf format of Suggested application template for CFP applications

Applicants shall work with the State Forester and equivalent officials of the Indian tribe to determine technical assistance needs and include the technical assistance request in the project budget.

All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the state where the property is located. All Tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent Tribal government official.

Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Northeastern Area and the State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official in developing their proposal.

 

State Forester mailing address

Peter Church, Director of Forest Stewardship
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

For more information visit the US Forest Service Community Forest Program Website

 

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions or comments concerning the Community Forest Program

Lindsay Nystrom, DCR Bureau of Forestry
phone: (508) 792-7714 x114
e-mail: lindsay.nystrom@state.ma.us

Neal Bungard, US Forest Service
phone: (603) 868-7719
e-mail: nbungard@fs.fed.us