SALEM - Private, non-industrial forestland owners may now apply for cost-share funds available through Oregon's Forest Land Enhancement Program. The dollars can be used to implement a number of forest practices that promote sustainable forest management through the maintenance, enhancement and restoration of forests.

A cost-share ranging 50-75 percent of the total cost of a project is authorized under FLEP. "Some projects may be eligible for a lower percentage because there may be other funds available to do the work," said Jim Mair, ODF Forestry Assistance operations manager. "FLEP monies will be used to fill the niches where other funds aren't available. This might mean that some areas of the state will receive more FLEP dollars than other areas of Oregon. In some cases, tax credits may be available which would offset some of the FLEP costs for planting."

FLEP Applications may be acquired by contacting local Oregon Department of Forestry service foresters. The Oregon Department of Forestry administers the program and will accept 2003 applications through Oct. 1.

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