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

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For Immediate Release

December 17, 2020

Contact: Kris Vance, State Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 317-295-5822

Email: kris.vance@usda.gov

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input on nonindustrial private forest land (NIPF) related to technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

 

“We want to ensure we continue program consistency across USDA agencies with how we are defining nonindustrial private forest lands,” said Jerry Raynor, NRCS State Conservationist in Indiana. “It’s important that our conservation assistance reach all eligible lands to ensure we address Indiana’s priority natural resource issues across all land uses.”

 

NRCS welcomes input from stakeholders across the nation, including those in Indiana, to assist with the development of guidance about how to identify NIPF for program enrollment purposes. NRCS must ensure that such guidance is consistent with how other USDA agencies identify NIPF under similar programmatic frameworks. This request for input is to improve transparency about how NRCS makes land eligibility determinations with respect to forest lands. 

 

Nonindustrial private forest land criteria will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and after consideration of all comments.

 

NRCS invites input on this technical guidance through January 19, 2021. Electronic comments must be submitted through regulations.gov under Docket ID NRCS–2020–0009 (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/17/2020-27703/guidance-for-identification-of-nonindustrial-private-forest-land-nipf). All written comments received will be publicly available on http://www.regulations.gov.