Forest Service May Match|Funds to Buy Green Space

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Forest Service plans to provide 50-50 matching funds to non-profit organizations, and local, state and tribal governments to establish community forests through land purchases as part of its Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program.

     The agency plans to make awards on a competitive basis based on the economic value, the environmental benefit and the usefulness of the land to provide forest-based educational programs and recreational opportunities to local communities.
     The local government would retain ownership of the forest land or open space, but if it sold the land or allowed it to be used for commercial purposes it would have to pay the Forest Service the current purchase price or appraised value of the land.
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