Disaster Relief Appropriations Act for Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)

Funding is provided to the state forester or designated official as reimbursement for approved technical assistance provided to eligible forest landowners by the state forestry agency in support of USDA Farm Service Agency and the delivery of the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.



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.

Mike Huneke
Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator for Northeasterern Area
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
610-557-4110.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To reimburse state forester or equivalent state agency for technical support provided to qualifying non-industrial, private forest landowners in support of USDA Farm Service Agency and the delivery of the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.

Technical assistance is reimbursed at the pre-approved hourly rate and all invoices are approved by USDA Farm Service Agency prior to reimbursement.

Reimbursement can be for services provided which may include determination of needs, plan development for each practice, supervising the installation of the practice, certification of compliance as prerequisite for payment, furnishing technical assistance to applicant as needed, and checking on practice maintenance during the practice s lifespan.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As directed under The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, state foresters or equivalent state officials of states with producers and landowners suffering forest damage from Hurricane Sandy, located in areas that were also named in a Major Disaster Declaration, who meet the program s eligibility requirements qualify for these funds.

Eligible states include: VA, WV, MD, DE, PA, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, NH and OH, but not all counties in these states are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private landowners suffering forest damage from Hurricane Sandy located in areas that were also named in a Major Disaster Declaration, who meet the program s eligibility requirements qualify for these funds.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, as implemented by 2 CFR 225. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Contact Northeastern Area office at www.na.fs.fed.us.

Award Procedures

Established by the Northeastern Area.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, Public Law 113-2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 10 to 60 days. State single point of contact will have 30 days from notification of tentative allotments to comment.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not to exceed 24 months from the date of Forest Service obligation of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipient must submit invoice and receive approval from USDA Farm Service Agency prior to Forest Service reimbursing the recipient.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Performance reports are required quarterly as detailed in the applicable OMB Circulars and the grant award.

SF-425 must be submitted quarterly as detailed in the applicable OMB Circulars and the grant award.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

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

State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation. All grantees need to maintain adequate systems for collecting and recording statistical data.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1105-0-1-302 - 12-1105.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $23,000,000; and FY 14 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circular Nos. A-102 as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3016, and A-87 as implemented by 2 CFR 225 are applicable to State and local government grantees.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Mike Huneke
Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator for Northeasterern Area
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
610-557-4110.

Headquarters Office

Karl R. Dalla Rosa 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: kdallarosa@fs.fed.us Phone: 202-205-6206

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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