State foresters, allied organizations sign letter of support for Forest Conservation Easement Program

The National Association of State Foresters is among one of 90 organizations to sign a letter of support for the creation of a Forest Conservation Easement Program (FCEP) in the Farm Bill.

FCEP is designed to:

  • Significantly improve and enhance the ability of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to effectively conserve working forests at scale through conservation easements;
  • Prioritize keeping forests as forests continuing to provide a multitude of environmental, economic, and societal benefits;
  • Help landowners restore, enhance, and protect habitat for at-risk species while increasing carbon sequestration; and
  • Provide landowners with two proven options for placing voluntary conservation easements on their land, with one held by the federal government and one held by eligible entities and land trusts.

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