Program Description

This program carries out forest restoration projects on public lands in New Mexico through cost-share grants.  Projects must be designed through a collaborative process that includes affected communities and other stakeholders.  The purposes of the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program are:

1. To promote healthy watersheds and to reduce the threat of large, high intensity wildfires, insect infestation, and disease in the forests in New Mexico.

2. To improve the functioning of forest ecosystems and to 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.

3. 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.

4. To improve the use of, or add value to, small diameter trees.

5. To encourage sustainable communities and sustainable forests through collaborative partnerships whose objective is forest restoration.

6. To develop, demonstrate, and evaluate ecologically sound forest restoration techniques.

 

General Program Requirements

To be eligible to receive funding under this program, a project must address the following objectives:

1. Reduce the threat of large, high-intensity wildfires and the negative effects of excessive competition between trees by restoring ecosystem functions, structures, and species composition, including the reduction of non-native species populations; 2. Re-establish fire regimes approximating those that shaped forest ecosystems prior to fire suppression;

3. Replant trees in deforested areas, if they exist, in the proposed project area; and

4. Improve the use of, or add value to, small diameter trees.

Local and tribal governments, educational institutions, landowners, conservation organizations, and other interested public and private entities are eligible to apply for program grants. The projects may be entirely on, or on any combination of, Federal, Tribal, State, County, Land Grant (political sub- divisions of the state), or Municipal forestlands.

Treatment projects on private land will not be considered. Processing facilities may be located on private land if the majority of the material utilized will come from forest restoration activities on public land.

2. To be eligible for funding under this program, a project must:

Comply with all Federal and State environmental laws:

a. All projects that use CFRP funds for implementation activities must comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements.

b. Include an agreement by the grant applicant to attend the CFRP annual workshop with other stakeholders for the purpose of discussing the program and projects implemented under it.

3. Types of expenditures eligible for coverage by the grants include but are not limited to labor, supplies, equipment, machinery, materials, training, and travel. Land purchases and research activities are not appropriate expenditures. If an Applicant anticipates purchasing equipment (single items with a value of over $5,000) using federal grant funds, the budget must include a line item for each piece of equipment.

4. Applicants that include the costs of transporting people (e.g., forest workers, monitoring participants, students, etc.) in their budget must be able to provide proof of current liability insurance.

5. Non-Federal Match Requirement: a. Applicants must demonstrate a 20% match of the total project cost from non- federal sources.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply submit the two documents described below saved in PDF format on a disk or thumb drive by the due date to:

Walter Dunn

Attention: 2016 CFRP Application

Cooperative and International Forestry

Room 329

333 Broadway Blvd., SE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Tel: (505) 842- 3425

Email: wdunn@fs.fed.us

 

Application Format. Paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications must consist of two separate PDF files, preferably in a searchable format,that include the following:

1. PDF file #1:

• Standard Form 424 (signed and dated)

• Standard Form 424A, Budget Information - Non-construction programs. Fill out both pages.

• Standard Form 424B, Assurances - Non-construction Programs provide the assurances that the applicant understands specific requirements for obtaining a grant. Both the front and back of this form must be submitted with the application (signed and dated).

• Applicable certifications based on the table in Appendix A.

2. PDF file #2: Two fillable documents have been developed to assist applicants. These documents are available for download at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp/rfa. The use of these documents is optional:

• Executive Summary and Project Narrative (MS Word). This includes items (a) though (g) below.

• Detailed Budget Justification and Narrative (MS Excel)

Applications must be on 8.5 X 11 inch paper with a minimum font size of 12 letters per inch. Top, bottom and side margins must be no less than one (1) inch. Page numbers should appear in the upper right hand corner. When using the fillable document “Executive Summary and Project Narrative” provided at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp/rfa, A maximum of 12 pages will be accepted for items (a) through (g) below. If not using the fillable document a maximum of 10 pages will be accepted for items (a) through (g). Page limits include both narrative and tables.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd479391.pdf

 

Program Contact Information

Walter Dunn

Attention: 2016 CFRP Application

Cooperative and International Forestry

Room 329

333 Broadway Blvd., SE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Tel: (505) 842- 3425

Email: wdunn@fs.fed.us

 

Additional Information

Length of Program15 years
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceLocal and tribal governments, educational institutions, landowners, conservation organizations, and other interested public and private entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityCompetition
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Type of Assistance ProvidedCost Share Grant
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.679
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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