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Family forest owners will
have more opportunities
to improve their woods for
threatened and endangered
species. The Healthy Forest
Reserve Program (HFRP),
reauthorized at $12 million
annually, provides landowners
with cost-share agreements
or conservation easements to
conduct practices that restore
species' habitat. By continuing
the federal investment in this
program, landowners who enroll
will be able to manage their lands
for the benefit of endangered or
threatened species, while securing
regulatory certainty in dealing with
the species already living on the
landscape.
Family forest owners
will be able to play a more
prominent role in helping
address landscape issues like
wildfire. Forest challenges like
wildfire and invasive species, do
not follow ownership boundaries,
and must be addressed across

these boundaries as well. Now
with codification and $20 million in
funding for the U.S. Forest Service
Landscape-Scale Restoration
program, private and family lands
will now be included in projects
that work across ownership types
to meet large-scale forest needs.
The 2018 Farm Bill will run
through in 2023, providing rural
Americans with programs and
technical assistance to properly
care for their forestlands - which
will result in healthier forests,
cleaner water, and better habitat
for threaten and endangered
species and more.
We invite you to learn about
new opportunities in your state
and get involved by visiting our
Advocacy Leaders Action Center
online at https://
www.forestfoundation.org/action.
Already connecting with your
lawmakers? We want to learn more
about your efforts! Email Natalie
Alex at nalex@forestfoundation.org
to share your latest news.
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t the end of last year, the
2018 Farm Bill, titled the
Agriculture Improvement Act,
was signed into law. The Farm Bill
helps landowners to conduct good
forest management practices by
providing support and assistance
to landowners, and must be
reauthorized every four years. In
past years, the Farm Bill has helped
landowners actively manage more
than 10 million acres.
With the new 2018 Farm Bill, family
forest owners will be able to do even
more for conservation, thanks to
positive changes made to the forestry
policy and funding provisions.
Family forest owners will
see more management plans
created, more quickly, and more
impact on the ground, through
the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP), one of the programs
that assist private landowners in
conducting good forest management
practices. With funding increased
in the 2018 Farm Bill for EQIP to
more than $2 billion by 2023, more
landowners than ever will be able to
participate in this valuable program.
Family forest owners will see
more opportunities to access
new markets for their timber.
New authorities in the Community
Wood Energy Program (CWEP) will
encourage investment in innovative
wood products facilities and support
markets for low-value wood, which
landowners need to remove to
reduce their risk of catastrophic
wildfires. Once implemented, we
hope CWEP will be a piece of the
puzzle in reducing the financial
burden of forest management,
allowing landowners to address
forests challenges like wildfire,
insects, and disease.

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Woodland - Spring 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover1
Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover2
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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