The Forest Legacy Program was established in 1990 to ascertain and protect environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, and to promote the long-term sustainability of forest lands. Most Southern States elected to join the program in the last five years and will hold title to lands and conservation easements purchased with these funds. States and non federal partners commit to a 25% non federal cost share on each project.
Priority is given to conserve lands that can be effectively managed as working forests. A goal of the Forest Legacy Program is to contribute to watershed based efforts to protect important private forests. Thus many projects focus on riparian areas, forested wetlands, shorelines, and riverine systems. Individual projects that center on watershed values will be discussed in this session.
• South Carolina Cooper River Corridor
• Town Creek Initiative, North Carolina
• Newnan’s Lake, Florida