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Collaborative Forest Restoration

CFRP
Number: 10.679
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Forest Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
10.679 Collaborative Forest Restoration
Federal Agency (030):
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Authorization (040):
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, Title VI- Community Forest Restoration, Public Law 106-393, Section 605, Establishment of Program.
Objectives (050):
The purposes of the grants are: to promote healthy watersheds and reduce the threat of large, high intensity wildfires, insect infestation, and disease in the forests in New Mexico; to improve the functioning of forest ecosystems and enhance plant and wildlife biodiversity by reducing the unnaturally high number and density of small diameter trees on Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Municipal forest lands; to improve communication and joint problem solving among individuals and groups who are interested in restoring the diversity and productivity of forested watersheds in New Mexico; to improve the use of, or add value to, small diameter trees; to encourage sustainable communities and sustainable forests through collaborative partnerships, whose objectives are forest restoration; and to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate ecologically sound forest restoration techniques.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funding may be allocated for such things as technical assistance, training and education, equipment, marketing, personnel, travel, and all costs associated with forest and watershed restoration on federal, tribal, state, land grant, county or municipal forest land.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Local and tribal governments, educational institutions, landowners, conservation organizations, and other interested public and private entities. Grant proponents must include a diverse and balanced group of stakeholders as well as appropriate Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Municipal government representatives in the design and implementation of the project. The projects may be entirely on, or on any combination of, Federal, Tribal, State, County, or Municipal forestlands. Processing facilities may be located on private land if they are associated with restoration activities on public land.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Local and tribal governments, educational institutions, landowners, conservation organizations, and other interested public and private entities. Grant proponents must include a diverse and balanced group of stakeholders as well as appropriate Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Municipal government representatives in the design and implementation of the project. The projects may be entirely on, or on any combination of, Federal, Tribal, State, County, or Municipal forestlands. Processing facilities may be located on private land if they are associated with restoration activities on public land.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Credentials or documentation are not required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Implementation Project Proposal must include a signed NEPA Decision Memo. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants are required to submit form SF-424, SF-424(a), SF-424 (b), AD 1047, AD 1049, and other information described in the Request for Applications. Proposals should be sent to: CFRP Program, Cooperative and International Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Room 329, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Award Procedure (093):
The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel evaluates the proposals and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on which ones best meet the purposes, objectives, and administrative requirements of the program. The Panel also evaluates the effect of each proposal on long-term forest management. The Secretary of Agriculture selects proposals for final award. The Secretary of Agriculture chartered the Technical Advisory Panel as a Federal Advisory Committee for two years on June 14, 2012.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. The Federal share of an individual project cost shall not exceed 80 percent of the total cost. The 20-percent matching may be in the form of cash of in-kind contribution. Projects cannot exceed the total annual cost of $150,000, with the federal portion not exceeding $120,000 annually, nor exceed a total cost of $450,000 for the project, with the Federal portion of the total cost not exceeding $360,000 (P.L. 106-393, Title VI, Sec. 605 (a) and (b)(8)).
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Projects may not exceed 4 years in length (Public Law 106-393, Title VI, SEC. 605(b)(7). Assistance will be provided by no more than monthly payments. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Projects may not exceed 4 years in length (Public Law 106-393, Title VI, SEC. 605(b)(7). Assistance will be provided by no more than monthly payments.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Periodic and final performance reports are required. Annual financial reports will also be required. Grant recipients must attend an annual workshop with other stakeholders for the purpose of discussing the cooperative forest restoration program and projects implemented under Collaborative Forest Restoration Program. Grant recipients may use project grant funds to pay for their travel and per diem expenses to attend the workshop.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
State and other generally accepted accounting systems can be used if control procedures allow for proper audit and reconciliation. All grantees must maintain adequate systems for collection and recording statistical data. Project records must be maintained for a period of three years after the project has ended.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 Not Available; FY 13 est $3,100,000; and FY 14 Not Seperately Identifiable
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$66,361.00-$360,000.00.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-393 Title VI), a list of the members of the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel, The Charter for the Technical Advisory Panel, The Technical Advisory Panel Recommendations, The Request for Proposals, Project Summaries for funded activities, a List of Forest Service Contacts, and multi-party monitoring guidelines can be found on the website for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp for addresses and telephone numbers of the Forest Service National Forests in New Mexico. These are the Gila, Lincoln, Cibola, Santa Fe, and Carson National Forests.
Headquarters Office (152):
Walter Dunn 333 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 Email: wdunn@fs.fed.us Phone: 505-842-3425
Website Address (153):
http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Proposals will be evaluated to determine if they followed the administrative requirements of the program and the proposal format described in the Request for Applications. The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel will evaluate grant proposals based on the purpose and eligibility requirements described in the Community Forest Restoration Act of 2000 (Section 3 and Section 5, Title VI, Public Law 106-393). The Panel will consider the proposed projects effect on long-term management and the capability of the proponents to accomplish the project. The Panel will also examine the degree to which proposed activities complement existing projects and programs and evaluate whether the project would reduce the danger of wildland fire in high-risk areas in New Mexico.