Funding is available for landowners, including Land Trusts and other non-government landowners to get
a forest management plan with a bird habitat assessment and to receive funding to improve and manage
The Last Green Valley (TLGV), the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership (MassConn) and the Northern
Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) are pleased to offer funding for woodland landowners help
improve the health and productivity of their woodlands for forest products and wildlife.
The program is part of the $6.1 million Southern New England Heritage Forest conservation effort, an
unprecedented three-state collaboration made possible through the Regional Conservation Partnership
Program (RCPP) of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS funding is being
matched, bringing the economic infusion into the region to $12.2 million.
Forest Management Plans with Bird Habitat Assessments
A professional forester will walk your property and coordinate with the Audubon society in your
state to produce a high-quality forest management plan with a bird habitat assessment of your woods.
The plan will recommend measures you can take to improve the health of your woods. The plan will
meet federal and state requirements and may be used to apply for property tax reductions at the
local level (where applicable).
Grant funds are available to pay for most of the forester’s costs and to completely fund the bird
habitat assessments. Landowners will be responsible for choosing a forester from an approved list
and paying for a percentage of the total cost of the forest management plan.
This program is ideally suited for landowners who have never had a forest management plan and own
more than 10 acres of woodlands.
Forest Management Funding
Are you a forestland owner looking to improve your woodland habitat for important bird species, and
manage your woods for wildlife and people? The U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Service, in
partnership with The Last Green Valley (TLGV), the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership
(MassConn) and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) have funding for woodland
landowners who want to improve bird habitat and forest health on their property through
implementation of forestry practices.
Eligibility requirements include that the applicant currently
have a forest management plan with a bird habitat assessment, and be ready for implementation.
Additional eligibility for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will also apply.
Eligible Projects / Ranking Criteria
Program requirements and deadlines vary by state. To get started, contact the lead partner for your
state - see below for contact information.