Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Formerly known as the Conservation Security Program, CSP has been overhauled to be more user-friendly and to offer new conservation benefits. CSP is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and by improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. The new CSP significantly increases forestland enrollment and producers may now enroll all eligible forestland under their control. Up to 10 percent of the acres enrolled in CSP nationally can be forested – roughly 1.2 million acres a year.          Forest Landowners Guide to CSP

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP has been expanded to include forest management. Forest management practices and water quality protection were already funded by EQIP; however, the new language places increased emphasis on enrolling forestland. The EQIP Forestry Initiative is an opportunity for private forestland owners to implement conservation and management practices that will improve health and productivity of their forests, prevent soil erosion and improve habitat for at-risk wildlife species. To enroll forestland, producers must develop either a Forest Stewardship Plan or a plan determined appropriate by the State Forester.

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat. Producers with agricultural land or non-industrial private forestland can participate in WHIP.

Farmland Protection Program (FPP)

This program provides matching funds to help purchase development rights for a piece of land. Forestland is now eligible for enrollment in FPP if it is important to the economic health of an agricultural operation or if it serves as a buffer between a farm and development.

There are additional programs which may provide opportunities for forest landowners. You can read more about the Farm Bill at