Natural Resource Management

Forest Legacy

The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) was established in 1990 to promote the long-term integrity of forestlands. Recognizing that the majority of the Nation’s forestlands are in private ownership, the program purchases forestlands in full fee or perpetual conservation easements. The program only works with willing sellers or donors.


Eligible Lands

  • Be within a designated State Forest Legacy Area (in Nevada this includes Tahoe-Sierra Front, Mt. Charleston, Schell Creek Mountains, Muddy River, and Jarbidge areas).
  • Be at least 10 acres in size.
  • Be at least 75% forested or have the potential to be 75% forested as documented in a Stewardship plan.
  • The land can be managed consistent with the purpose for which is was acquired for FLP (e.g. conservation forest, timber forest, recreational pursuits, hiking trails, wildlife migration corridors, etc.).
  • The landowner is willing to sell or donate the interest in perpetuity.
  • The landowner acknowledges that conservation easements will be held by a government entity if federal funds are used for the acquisition.

A celebration of the first 25 years of the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program. This 27-minute program shares the history and highlights success stories from across the country.


Funding Opportunities

The Forest Legacy Program provides funding to private landowners, tribal and local government agencies, land trust organizations, and other qualified non-profit conservation organizations intersted in conserving forestlands.

View Funding Opportunities


Additional Information

Use the links below to access additional documents, geospatial data, web applications, and external websites related to the Forest Stewardship Program.

U.S. Forest Service Stewardship Information on Private Lands


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Highlighted Projects

Western Region
Spooner Landscape Resilience Project
The Spooner Landscape Resilience Project is a 300-acre environmental improvement initiative, spearheaded by the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team and the Nevada Division of Forestry.
Read more
Western Region
Lot X Fuels Reduction and Forest Restoration Project
The Lot X Fuels Reduction and Forest Reforestation Project was funded through a US Forest Service Hazardous Fuels Grant, to improve forest and riparian health in Lot X...
Read more
Northern Region
Ruby Lake Estates Project
In partnership with the United States Forest Service, Conservation Crews from Wells and Carlin began work on the Ruby Lake Estates project in October of 2020. Located on the Southeast side of the Ruby Mountains...
Read more