The Inflation Reduction Act Forest Landowner Support programming provides financial assistance grants for projects that support underserved and small-acreage forest landowner participation in emerging private markets for climate mitigation and forest resilience.
The Inflation Reduction Act includes some two dozen tax provisions that will save families money on their energy bills and accelerate the deployment of clean energy, clean vehicles, clean buildings, and clean manufacturing. The Act also provides billions of dollars for clean energy and climate action. The Act advances the Justice40 Initiative, which commits to delivering 40 percent of the overall benefits of climate, clean energy, and related federal investments to communities that are marginalized, overburdened by pollution, and underserved by infrastructure and other basic services.
The Inflation Reduction Act provides the Forest Service $450 million for Forest Landowner Support opportunities to:
- Provide cost share payments to underserved forest landowners for implementing climate mitigation or forest resilience practices on their land (IRA Section 23002, Provision 1).
- Support the participation of underserved forest landowners in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience (IRA Section 23002, Provision 2).
- Support the participation of forest landowners who own less than 2,500 acres of forest land in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience (IRA Section 23002, Provision 3).
- Provide payments to private forest landowners in priority landscapes for implementing key forestry practices that measurably increase carbon sequestration and storage (IRA Section 23002, Provision 4).
The money from these provisions will be made available through a series of funding opportunities, called Notice of Funding Opportunities, which will each address one or more of these Inflation Reduction Act provisions. Bookmark this webpage to stay up to date on current opportunities and deadlines or contact SM.FS.LandownerIRA@usda.gov to be added to a mailing list for updates.