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 15th annually.

NH Forest Legacy Areas (pdf)

National Forest Legacy Program Documents

FLP Implementation Guidelines, June 30, 2003 amended December 21, 2011  (pdf)

New Hampshire Forest Legacy Committee
Brad Simpkins, Director New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
James Oehler New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Carol Foss Audubon Society of New Hampshire
Brian Hotz Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests
Jasen Stock New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association
Steve Walker Office of Energy and Planning
Tom Wagner White Mountain National Forest
Chris Gamache New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation


Susan Francher

New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
Bill Carpenter New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
Dea Brickner-Wood NH Forest Legacy Program Consultant
Neal Bungard USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry      

Meeting Agendas & Minutes



August 25, 2015