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Private Forest Conservation Program

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Private Forest Conservation Program

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The Department's Private Forest Conservation Program provides a multi-year rental payment for maintaining and protecting native woodland habitat on private land.

General Program Guidelines

Landowners enroll in the PFCP through a conservation agreement and choose from two agreement options:

  • Short-term agreement – landowner receives an annual $12 per acre rental payment and has the option to renew annually within a 3-6 year agreement period.
  • Long-term agreement – (limited funding) landowner receives an upfront payment based on forest acreage, and term of agreement. Agreement term ranges from 10 to 30 years.

Landowner must agree to:

  • Prohibit permanent clearing of the forest.
  • Prohibit grazing, forest subdivision and agricultural use.
  • Allow the Department to sign and publicize the tract open to walk-in hunting.