Community Forest Program

U ‘a ma uke ia o ka ‘aina I ka pono – The life of the land is perpetuated in kindness

Application deadline is June 29, 2018

The Community Forest Program is a U.S. Forest Service program which offers matching funds to local governments and non-profit conservation organizations for fee title acquisition of forests. Forests purchased through this program are owned by local governments and/or non-profit land conservation groups and are managed to provide public benefits including access and recreation, watershed protection, and wildlife habitat, as well as economic benefits from timber and non-timber products. Forests acquired through this program must be privately owned land that is at least five acres in size and at least 75 percent forested. See the U.S. Forest Service page for more information.

Program Basics

  • Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
  • Community Forests can be owned by local governments, tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.
  • The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match.
  • Public access is required for Community Forest Program projects.
  • Lands acquired through the program are actively managed in accordance with a community forest plan to provide community benefits.

Contact 

Landowners, counties and non-profits entities interested in participating in either of these programs are encouraged to contact Tanya Rubenstein at the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife at (808) 587-0027 or by email at Tanya.Rubenstein@hawaii.gov to discuss their property and/or interest in the programs prior to submitting an application to the state.