Good Neighbor Authority

To permit the State Forester of the states of Utah and Colorado to perform forest, rangeland and watershed restoration services on National Forest System lands in the states of Utah and Colorado.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: Forest trail construction/reconstruction; Forest road reconstruction/maintenance; Fuels reduction for public safety; Fish habitat improvement and fish passage creation; Wildlife and livestock water maintenance; Meadow protection and enhancement; Fencing for vegetation recovery.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the Regional Offices in Colorado and Utah for more information.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: Over the past 3 years, we have been able to accomplish over 6 miles of much needed road maintenance, 37.9 miles of forest trail construction/reconstruction, 1,382 acres of fuels reduction and more than 6 water developments maintained or improved. This authority has enabled us to complete high priority and previously unfunded project work in close collaboration with various state agencies. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Funding for FY 2011 and beyond is pending renewal of authority by Congress.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restoration services provided are on a project-by-project basis as planned or made ready for implementation under existing Forest Service authorities.

Types of projects include treatment of insect infected trees, reduction of hazardous fuels, and other activities to restore or improve forest, rangeland and watershed health including fish and wildlife habitat.

Projects may be completed by the state of Utah or the state of Colorado or subcontracts utilizing State contract procedures.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

No additional information.

Beneficiary Eligibility

No additional information.


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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental documentation by the Forest Service is completed prior to inclusion under an award.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The Forest Service and the states of Utah and Colorado mutually agree to projects that are appropriate under this authority.

Award Procedures

The law authorizes sole source award of included projects.


Not Applicable.


Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Public Law 111-8; FY 2005 Interior and related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 108-447, 118 Stat. 3012, as amended by Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009, Public Law 110-329. Authority due to expire September 30, 2010. Congress is considering it for renewal beyond FY 2010 , Public Law 108-447, 118 Stat. 3012;.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Submit written request with SF-424 application and SF-424A (as applicable) to amend budget amounts or length of commitment; other requirements may be established by the affected Forest Service Supervisor"s Office in consultation with the Regional Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As specified in award terms, but not to exceed 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As specified in award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements


The states of Utah and Colorado shall submit a performance report annually.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Financial reports shall be submitted in accordance with award terms.

No performance monitoring is required.


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.


All related data, information, records and accounts shall be retained for a period of 3 years beyond the date of submission of final financial reports. Financial and programmatic records will be made available to the Forest Service or its designated agent upon request.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 09 $792,180; FY 10 est $119,175; FY 11 est $0 - Funding for FY 2011 is pending Congressional approval.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $100,000. Average: $40,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the Regional Offices in Colorado and Utah for more information.

Headquarters Office

Earl Kerns, 740 Simms St., Golden, Colorado 80401 Phone: (801) 625-5600.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All cooperative agreements are approved on the basis of negotiated targets, project objectives to be achieved and the relationship to regional forest health issues, priorities and needs.

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