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Iowa’s forests provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, jobs, forest products, and carbon storage. In Iowa, 85% of forestland is owned and managed by private landowners, many of whom face increasing pressure to convert their forest land to other uses.
The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) was established in 2001 for Iowa to identify and assist willing landowners with conserving Iowa’s most important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. It’s a nationally competitive, federally funded conservation program
Iowa has 2,678 acres of conservation easements on 11 properties enrolled within the Forest Legacy Program.
Forest Legacy is a voluntary program that pays owners of high-quality forestland to keep their forests from being developed and encourages sustainable forest management practices into perpetuity.
Owners are able to continue activities that are consistent with traditional forest uses, including timber management, as well as hunting, fishing, hiking and similar recreational uses that do not change the essence of their property.
A Forest Stewardship plan is required for any property enrolled into Forest Legacy. Iowa DNR foresters are available to provide free assistance to landowners to write this plan, help ensure the landowners’ goals for the property are identified, and ensure the plan is updated at least once every 10 years.
In exchange for limiting development of the property and placing a conservation easement that protects the forest resources into perpetuity, landowners receive a one-time financial payment (75% of the appraised value of their conservation easement).
Forest Legacy Coordinator
Please discuss your interest with the Forest Legacy Coordinator, Aron Flickinger before filling out the landowner application.
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