National Forest Foundation

The purposes of the Foundation are to-
encourage, accept, and administer private gifts of money, and of real and personal property for the benefit of, or in connection with, the activities and services of the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture;
undertake and conduct activities
that further the purposes for which units of the National Forest System are established and are administered and that are consistent with approved forest plans; and
undertake, conduct and encourage educational, technical and other assistance, and other activities that support the multiple use, research, cooperative forestry and other programs administered by the Forest Service.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

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 Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: Supported the implementation of 318 conservation, restoration or collaborative capacity-building projects on 129 National Forests and Grasslands in all nine Forest Service Regions.

Offered an integrated, nationwide peer learning program to support capacity building and knowledge sharing about collaborative stewardship amongst community-based groups and Forest Service employees. Components include peer learning opportunities, information and referral, direct technical assistance, documentation of best practices and tools, capacity-building workshops and distance trainings.

Began implementation and roll-out of Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences conservation campaign, focusing on specific restoration sites throughout the United States. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

To aid conservation partnership projects in support of the Forest Service mission, without regard to when the Foundation incurs expenses, for administrative expenses or projects on or benefitting National Forest System lands or related to Forest Service programs: Provided, That the Foundation shall obtain, by the end of the period of Federal financial assistance, private contributions to match on at least one-for-one basis funds made available by the Forest Service: Provided further, That the Foundation may transfer Federal funds to Federal or a non-Federal recipient for a project at the same rate that the recipient has obtained the non-Federal matching funds.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

No additional information.

Beneficiary Eligibility

No additional information.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. NFF shall submit a Federal Financial Assistance application SF-424 and SF-424 annually based on the amount of Congressionally appropriated funds each FY

Award Procedures

not applicable.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

National Forest Foundation Act, Public Law 101-593-Title IV-Nov. 16, 1990, as amended by Public Law 103-106 Oct. 12, 1993.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. 50% matching funds to be provided from private contributions.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Accomplishment reports as set forth in the annual award letter are required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Actual expenditures are detailed on each request for reimbursement and/or advance liquidation request.

The Forest Service program manager shall conduct monitoring activities to track program accomplishments.

Audits

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

NFF shall maintain programmatic and accounting records applicable to each annual award for a period of not less than 3 years after the completion of all activities thereunder.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1105-0-1-302 - Multiple account codes are used including: 1103, 1104, 1106, 1106, 1115.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $3,000,000; FY 10 est $3,000,000; FY 11 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Andrea Bedell-Loucks, 201 14th St. NW, Room 3NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: abloucks@fs.fed.us Phone: (202) 205-8336.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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