Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP)

The purpose of the CFP is to competitively award grants to enable local governments, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations to establish community forests by acquiring and protecting private forest lands that will provide continuing and accessible community benefits.

Community benefits provided
by community forests established through this program include, but are not limited to: economic benefits through sustainable forest management; environmental benefits such as clean water and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational program, including vocational education program in forestry and serving as models to guide stewardship on private forest lands; and recreational benefits, including hunting and fishing.

Public access to the community forests is required and intended to enhance public health and well-being.

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 - None.

Forest Service S&PF, Cooperative Forestry
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Stop Code 1123
Washington, DC 20250.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Landowner participation in the program is voluntary and consists of conveying land to achieve conservation objectives.


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

Regional/Area/IITF Offices and the State Foresters can be a resource for assistance.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. To be determined.

Award Procedures

To be determined.


Not Applicable.


Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, which amends the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (16 USC 2103d), Title IX, Section 8003, Public Law 110-246, 122 Stat. 1651. Program is undergoing rulemaking. A proposed rule for implementation of the Community Forest and Open Space Program is targeted for publication in the Federal Register for December 2010., Title IX, Section 8003, Public Law 110-246, 122 Stat. 1651.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

To be determined.


To be determined.


To be determined.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Funds reimbursed by the Federal Government may not exceed 50 percent of the total project budget expended by the grantee. The non-Federal share of the match may be in the form of cash, services, or in-kind contributions.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

To be determined. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As determined by the award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements


To be determined.

Cash reports are not applicable.

To be determined.

SF 425 Federal Financial Report will be used to report total program expenditures that clearly reflect the established 50% match.

The Forest Service program manager will conduct monitoring activities to measure performance against established grant objectives.


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.


Access to financial reports shall be provided to Forest Service or its designees as requested.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $500,000; FY 11 est $1,000,000 - Annual funding levels to be determined per Presidential budget request.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

To be determined.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circulars are applicable to awards under this program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Forest Service S&PF, Cooperative Forestry
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Stop Code 1123
Washington, DC 20250.

Headquarters Office

Nancy Parachini, 1400 Independenve Ave SW, MS-1123, Washington, District of Columbia 20850 Email: Phone: (202) 205-1618.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Community benefits to be achieved from the establishment of the community forest, which may include the following: (1) Any economic benefits through sustainable forest management; (2) The environmental benefits, including clean water and wildlife habitat; (3) Forest-based educational program, including vocational education programs in forestry; (4) Benefits from serving as a model of effective forest stewardship for private landowners; and (5) Type of public access and recreational benefits, including hunting and fishing.

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