USDA Seeks Public Input on Guidance Defining Nonindustrial Private Forest Land Eligibility

The USDA is seeking your input on Nonindustrial Private Forest Land related to technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs. The lands make up a large portion of the forested land base in the United States. Forest management decisions on these lands impact the nature and level of benefits derived from the land.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service said it welcomes input from stakeholders to assist with developing guidance about how to identify land for program enrollment purposes. NRCS added it must ensure the guidance is consistent with how other USDA agencies identify Nonindustrial Private Forest Land under identical or similar frameworks. The request for input is to improve transparency about how NRCS makes land eligibility determinations of forest lands.

 The criteria will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and after consideration of all comments. NRCS requests input on the technical guidance through January 19th. Comments can be made Here.

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