The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service is accepting applications for the Community Forest & Open Space Conservation Program (CFP). CFP is a competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to local governments to establish community forests through acquisition of private forest land. Public access is required for all projects. Interested townships must submit applications to the Pennsylvania State Forester by January 12, 2024. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry can be reached at 717-787-2703, PaForester@pa.gov, and Rachel Carson State Office Building, 6th Floor, PO Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552. Jason Albright is the acting Pennsylvania State Forester.