Forest Stewardship Program

To promote and enable the long-term active management of non-industrial private and other non-federal forest land to sustain the multiple values and uses that depend on such lands.

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.

Refer to the Forest Service directory for address and telephone number of the State and Private Forestry Directory in your Region or Area of the Forest Service.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
County Of Tioga $ 197,750   2021-08-012026-07-31
Forestry Educators Incorporated $ 100,000   2021-05-282026-05-31
Federation Of Southern Cooperatives/land Assistance Fund $ 137,000   2021-08-302025-06-30
Natural Resources, Maryland Department Of $ 60,000   2021-09-132025-06-30
Winston County Self-help Cooperative $ 30,000   2021-08-122025-06-30
Idaho Forest Owners Association, Inc. $ 6,000   2020-02-202025-01-31
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy $ 45,000   2021-09-142024-12-31
Executive Office Of The Government Of The Us Virgin Islands $ 100,000   2021-07-012024-12-31
Agriculture Delaware Dept $ 27,000   2021-09-082024-10-29
Agriculture Delaware Dept $ 100,000   2021-09-082024-10-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 25,138,566 acres are covered by Forest Stewardship Plans. Fiscal Year 2017: 26,600,000 will be covered by Forest Stewardship Plans. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

To provide financial, technical, educational, and related assistance to State foresters or equivalent State officials for: The delivery of information and professional assistance to owners of nonindustrial private forest lands; The afforestation, reforestation and active management of state and other non-federal forest land; and Improved forest seedling production and distribution.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State forestry or equivalent State agencies, tribes, non-profits, and municipalities are eligible.

All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and territories and possessions of the United States may be eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Landowners of non-federal lands, non-profit organizations, tribes and other State, local, and private agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State officials, or other official representatives are eligible. Landowners seeking assistance through the Forest Stewardship Program should contact their state forest agency directly. Program guidelines differ from state to state.


No credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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 eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States and other eligible applicants prepare grant proposal narratives for submittal to Regional and Area Offices, accompanied by completed standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency (i.e., SF-424).

Award Procedures

Established by Regional and Area Offices.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-313 as amended; 16 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 10 to 60 days after the application is filed with the Forest Service Regional or Area Office. States and eligible applicants are requested to submit Form SF-424(A) with SF-424 application and other required narratives, forms and assurances as advised by the Regional and Area Offices within 10 to 60 days following official funding advice notification.


Not Applicable.


SF-424(A) with SF-424 application is required to amend the grant amount or length of commitment. Other requirements may be established by the Regional or Area Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Applicant matching requirements are determined by Regional and Area Offices. Matching funds cannot come from other federal sources. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are normally awarded for a period of 12 to 18 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments made based on authorization of provisions with cooperator.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Periodic and annual accomplishment and financial reports are required by Regional and Area offices.

These reports must accompany all grantee cost-share reimbursement requests.

SF-425 should be submitted at least annually and no more than quarterly.

Reporting of accomplishments and expenditure is required under this program as outlined above.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Program grant recipients may be subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.


State and other grant recipients and Regional and Area Offices must retain records pertaining to grant payments received for a minimum period of five years. State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $7,774,163; FY 17 est $8,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $400,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Forest Service Manual Titles 3000 and 3200 and the Forest Stewardship Program National Standards and Guidelines.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to the Forest Service directory for address and telephone number of the State and Private Forestry Directory in your Region or Area of the Forest Service.

Headquarters Office

Laurie Schoonhoven 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-205-0929

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicant grant proposals are reviewed, and funds are granted by Regional and Area Offices.

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