U.S. Forest Service Pledges $52.2M to Conserve ForestsWASHINGTON —Some 2.2 million acres of forestland has been added to the Forest Legacy Program's protected list.

The U.S. Forest Service has granted $52.2 million for 17 conservation and working lands projects across the United States this year.

The Forest Legacy Program, which has protected 2.2 million acres through public-private partnership using federal and leveraged funds of more than $562 million, works with private landowners, states and conservation groups to promote sustainable, working forests.

"The Forest Legacy Program helps keep working forests working across the country," said Chief Tom Tidwell. “These projects will support rural economies and American jobs while protecting some of our most beautiful landscapes for our children and grandchildren.”

Click here to learn about the 2012 Forest Legacy Program.

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