The Forestland Enhancement Program (FLEP)

The Forestland Enhancement Program (FLEP) works to promote the sustainability of private forestlands and to encourage long-term active forest management. Your state forest service will share in the cost to implement management plans laid out in the landowner’s Forest Stewardship Plan.

Land Use Forestland
Focus Cost-share payments
Resource Concern Soil erosion, Water quality, Air quality, Wildlife habitat
Purposes The environmental purpose is to promote sustainability of Non-Industrial Private Forests (NIPF).
Landowner Benefits Landowners receive cost-share for the costs of implementing recommended management activities.
Description The Forestland Enhancement Program (FLEP) provides cost-share payments to implement the management activities identified in their forestry plan. The forestry plan is developed in the Forest Stewardship Program (FSP), which makes the landowner eligible for this program (FLEP).

(Note: A description of the Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) can be found elsewhere on this website.)

Practices Tree planting, site preparations for natural regeneration, agro forage, watershed protection, wildlife habitat improvement, fire hazard reduction, invasive species control, savannah restoration, forest stewardship planning and others
Costs to Landowner Landowners must pay for a portion of the management activities funded by Forestland Enhancement Program (FLEP). The funded practices must be maintained or protected by the landowner for a period of 10 years.
Eligibility Landowners must own a minimum of 10 acres of eligible forestland and have a forest management plan.
Contract Practices that are funded by this program must be maintained and protected for a period of 10 years at the landowner’s expense.
Other Notes The development of a Forest Stewardship plan is needed for this program.
Landowner Initiation
  • Contact your state forester or conservation district office where you own land.
  • Ask about the Forestland Enhancement Program (FLEP).