Forest Legacy Program

The Forest Legacy Program is a federal land acquisition program that provides grants funds to States to protect environmentally important forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. Wisconsin’s implementation strategy focuses on keeping forests as forests by protecting large (> 1,000 acres) unfragmented blocks of forest land that provide the highest conservation value and public benefit through the purchase of conservation easements. Conservation easements convey a ‘purchased’ set of negotiated property rights, while allowing landowners to continue to own and manage their land, including the right to sell.

Landowners interested in participating in the program must submit a completed application. To request an application and more information about the program, email Ron Gropp or call 715-281-6253, or visit our website. The application deadline is Friday June 14, 2019. Only lands within one of the State’s Forest Legacy Areas are eligible.