The purpose of this grant program is to encourages landowners to practice long-term guardianship through the development of a management plan for their woodlands. It is designed to improve wildlife habitat and forest aesthetics, to protect soil and water resources, and to increase the potential for high-quality wood products.
There is no minimum acreage needed to apply for a grant, except that properties of less than 10 acres are not eligible for Forest Stewardship Plan preparation cost-sharing. Participating landowners may own a maximum of 1,000 acres (or up to 5,000 acres with a special waiver).
You can find more information on forest stewardship from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Eligible applicants include:
- Joint owners
- Groups and associations,
- Long term lease holders
- Corporations without publicly traded stock
Owners principally engaged in the primary processing of raw wood products are not eligible.
Estimated Application Deadline: Rolling
Average Grant Size: Grants range from $350 to $6,600.
Average # of Grants: 200
FY 2010Spending: $412,000
For more information, you can contact:
(978) 368-0126 ext. 129