By Ryan Lockwood
Special to The SUN
The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the USDA Forest Service or the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.
The application deadline is 4 p.m. July 24 for federal fiscal year 2017 funding. Proposals must be submitted by mail.
The purpose of the Colorado Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important private forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights.