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Compensation available to protect forests

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Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could someday be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses -- and who desire to receive monetary compensation in the process -- now have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands.

The Forest Legacy Program authorizes the Colorado State Forest Service or U.S. Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The application deadline is Aug. 31 for federal fiscal year 2020 funding. Proposals must be submitted by standard mail. (Note that this is an extension from a previously released deadline of July 28.) Applications are available online at http://csfs.colostate.edu/funding-assistance.

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