Funding is for private and non-federal landowner assistance, and supporting programs that are developed and carried out by State forestry agencies or other eligible applicants as described in the USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS section above.
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
Program performance measures are number of Landowners assisted, Forest Stewardship plans completed, and number of corresponding acres encompassed by plans.
Uses and Use Restrictions
To provide financial, technical, educational, and related assistance to State foresters or equivalent State officials for: The delivery of information and professional assistance to owners of nonindustrial private forest lands; The afforestation, reforestation and active management of state and other non-federal forest land; and Improved forest seedling production and distribution.
State forestry or equivalent State agencies, tribes, non-profits, and municipalities are eligible.
All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and territories and possessions of the United States may be eligible.
Landowners of non-federal lands, non-profit organizations, tribes and other State, local, and private agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State officials, or other official representatives are eligible.
Aplication and Award Process
Regional and Area Offices provide States and territories with program funding advice each year for the current fiscal year.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
States and other eligible applicants prepare grant proposal narratives for submittal to Regional and Area Offices, accompanied by completed standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB circular No. A-102, as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3016 (i.e., SF-424).
Established by Regional and Area Offices.
States and eligible applicants are requested to submit Form SF-424(A) with SF-424 application and other required narratives, forms and assurances as advised by the Regional and Area Offices within 10 to 60 days following official funding advice notification.
Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-313; Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, as amended, Public Law 107-171.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 10 to 60 days after the application is filed with the Forest Service Regional or Area Office.
SF-424(A) with SF-424 application is required to amend the grant amount or length of commitment. Other requirements may be established by the Regional or Area Office.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Formula and Matching Requirements: Applicant matching requirements are determined by Regional and Area Offices. Matching funds cannot come from other federal sources.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Electronic transfers of grant reimbursement payments to States and other program participants is encouraged. Funds are transferred to States and participants, following the submittal of financial and narrative progress reports to Regional and Area offices as requested. Grants are normally awarded for a period of 12 to 18 months.
Post Assistance Requirements
Periodic and annual accomplishment and financial reports are required, by Regional and Area Offices.
These reports must accompany all grantee cost-share reimbursement requests.
Program grant recipients are subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.
State and other grant recipients and Regional and Area Offices must retain records pertaining to grant payments received for a minimum period of five years. State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation.
FY 07 $40,069,200; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$25,000 to $2,000,000. Average: $450,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Forest Service Manual Titles 3000 and 3200 and the Forest Stewardship Program National Standards and Guidelines. OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-87, as amended by 7 CFR Part 3016, are applicable to State and Local Government grantees.
Regional or Local Office
Office: Http://www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml, Forest Service Regions 1 & 4 (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT)) Dee Sessions USDA Forest Service Federal Building, 324 25th Street Ogden, UT 84401. Telephone: (801) 625-5189; Fax: (801) 625-5127; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Forest Service Region 2 (Rocky Mountain) (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY) Susan Gray, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 25127 Lakewood, CO 80225. Telephone: (303) 275-5239 Fax: (303) 275-5754; E-mail: email@example.com; Forest Service Region 3 (Southwestern Region) (AZ, NM); George Martinez, USDA Forest Service, 517 Gold Ave., S.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102. Telephone: (505) 842-3229; Fax: (505) 842-3800; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Forest Service Region 5 (Pacific Southwest Region) (CA, HI); Sandra Stone, USDA Forest Service 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592. Telephone: (707) 562-8918; Fax: (707) 562-9054; E-mail: email@example.com Forest Service Region 6 (Pacific Northwest Region) (OR, WA) Ray Abriel USDA Forest Service 333 SW First Ave P.O. Box 3623 Portland, OR 97208. Telephone: (503) 808-2355; Fax: (503) 808-2339; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Region 8 (Southern Region) (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA) David Hoge USDA Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Road, NW, Ste. 8508 Atlanta, GA 30367. Telephone: (404) 347-1649; Fax: (404) 347-2776; E-mail: email@example.com; Northeastern Area (CT, DE, IL, IN, IA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV) Mark Buccowich USDA Forest Service 11 Campus Blvd., Ste. 200 Newtown Square, PA 19073. Telephone: 610-557-4029; Fax: (610) 557-4136; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Region 10 (Alaska Region) (AK); Steve Bush, USDA Forest Service, 3301 C Street, Suite 522 Anchorage, AK 99503. Telephone: (907) 271-2550; Fax: (907) 271-2897 E-mail: email@example.com.
Karl R. Dalla Rosa, Forest Stewardship Program Manager, Forest Service, State and Private/Cooperative Forestry, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090-6090. Telephone: (202) 205-6206.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applicant grant proposals are reviewed, and funds are granted by Regional and Area Offices.