At a Glance: Healthy Forests Reserve May 2008 Program Overview The HFRP provides financial assistance in the The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) form of easement payments and cost-share for is a voluntary program established for the specific conservation actions completed by the purpose of restoring and enhancing forest landowner. ecosystems to: 1) promote the recovery of threatened and endangered species, 2) improve Land is enrolled through easements and cost- biodiversity; and, 3) enhance carbon share agreements, and must have a restoration sequestration. Program implementation has plan. been delegated by the Secretary of Agriculture to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The cost effectiveness of each agreement or easement and associated restoration plans must The HFRP is authorized under the Healthy maximize the environmental benefits per dollar Forests Restoration Act of 2003, with a expended. maximum enrollment of 2 million acres from 2004 through 2008. The Food, Conservation, Legislative Changes and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) The 2008 Farm Bill expands enrollment reauthorizes the program for fiscal years 2009 methods to include permanent easements and through 2012. allows for 30-year contracts rather than easements for Tribes. Not more than 40 “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Endangered percent of program funding shall be used for Species Act will be made available to cost-share agreements, and not more than landowners enrolled in the HFRP who agree, 60 percent may be used for easements. The for a specified period, to restore or improve Bill provides $9.75 million for each of fiscal their land for threatened or endangered species years 2009 through 2012; funds made available habitat. In exchange, they avoid future for the program shall remain available until regulatory restrictions on the use of that land. expended. To be eligible, the land must be privately- More Information owned and: For more information and updates about the • restore, enhance, or measurably HFRP and other Farm Bill topics, please refer increase the likelihood of recovery of a to the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened or endangered species; Web site http://www.usda.gov/farmbill or the • improve biological diversity; or Natural Resources Conservation Service Web • increase carbon sequestration. site http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/HFRP.