Sign Up Ends October 15 for HFRP in Florida

Dan Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

Ocala National Forest in Ocala, Florida
Credit: Jerome LABOUYRIE /

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind landowners that the sign up period for the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) ends next Tuesday, October 15.  It is a Farm Bill program that purchases conservation and provides cost share funding for conservation management. This program is for landowners with property within the O2O Corridor in the Florida counties of Columbia, Hamilton, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake.

Landowners with forested lands in Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake counties can apply for conservation easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by Oct. 15.

HFRP helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources through purchase of conservation easements and financial assistance for management activities. The purpose of HRFP is to help recovery of Federal and State imperiled species, improve plant and animal biodiversity, and enhance carbon sequestration. NRCS and partners will provide technical assistance to landowners through this program. The landowner must enter into an agreement based on the restoration plan. NRCS will provide financial assistance to implement the restoration plan.

For more information visit your local USDA Service Center by October 15th to apply.