washington State Forest legacy progam
The Forest Legacy Program is a federal grant program to protect forestlands from conversion to non-forest uses. In Washington State, the program is guided by the USDA Forest Service and carried out through the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Through the program, federal grants pay for conservation easements and other means that prevent development. The Forest Legacy Program provides for both traditional forest uses and the protection of water, cultural resources, fish and wildlife.
Washington was one of the first states to participate in the federal Forest Legacy program, and has used it successfully to reduce urban sprawl and protect forestlands in key locations since 1993.
Goals, Objectives and Criteria of the program
2004 Assessment of Need Update
Each state participating in the federal program must develop an Assessment of Need that determines where and how the program should be applied in that state. DNR originally developed the Assessment of Need for Washington in 1993.
Because of social, physical, legal, and environmental changes since that time, DNR has been working to update the Assessment of Need. Scientists and technical professionals have examined these changes, and the update addresses the goals and objectives of the program and which forestlands are most threatened by conversion.
The update process has included work with the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee (which advises DNR on federal programs for private landowners), stakeholders, and the public. The updated Assessment of Need has been approved by the USDA Forest Service.
Forest Legacy Program Map
Federal Civil Rights
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, please write to:
Office of Civil RIghts
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.