Forestry on Indian Lands

To maintain, protect, enhance, and develop Indian forest resources through the execution of forest management activities.

Examples of Funded Projects

Funds are used for planting trees; greenhouse operations; weeding and fertilization; development or revision of reservation specific long-term sustained yield forest management plans; and development of environmental compliance documents, sales documents, and timber sale contracts.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs' agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, the program supported reforestation activities on about 11,000 acres and pre-commercial thinning on 37,000 acres. Completed hazardous fuel reduction treatments on 200,000 acres of Indian land. Timber sales managed through the program created about 9,000 person years of employment and generated revenues of approximately $68 million. To date, 123 management plans have been developed to direct forestry activities on over 15 million acres of Indian forest lands.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used to support activities of reforestation and commercial forest stand improvement; timber sales management; forest inventories and plans; forest program management and administration; and forest protection activities including Wild land Fire Management.

Forest Inventory, Management Planning and Forest Development funds are awarded competitively.