Collaborative Forest Restoration

The purposes of the grants are: to promote healthy watersheds and reduce the threat of large, high intensity wildfires, insect infestation, and disease in the forests in New Mexico; to improve the functioning of forest ecosystems and enhance plant and wildlife biodiversity by reducing the unnaturally
high number and density of small diameter trees on Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Municipal forest lands; to improve communication and joint problem solving among individuals and groups who are interested in restoring the diversity and productivity of forested watersheds in New Mexico; to improve the use of, or add value to, small diameter trees; to encourage sustainable communities and sustainable forests through collaborative partnerships, whose objectives are forest restoration; and to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate ecologically sound forest restoration techniques.

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 for addresses and telephone numbers of the CFRP Coordinators on Forest Service National Forests in New Mexico.

These are the Gila, Lincoln, Cibola, Santa Fe, and Carson National Forests.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Forest Stewards Guild, The $ 356,561   2021-09-092024-12-31
Wood Sharks, Llc $ 359,893   2021-09-162024-09-30
Dawson Consulting Llc $ 360,000   2021-09-142024-09-30
Claunch-pinto Soil & Water Conservation District $ 315,260   2021-06-072024-09-01
Old Wood, Llc $ 360,000   2021-09-022024-08-31
Santa Clara, Pueblo Of $ 360,000   2021-08-122024-07-31
Alfonso Chacon $ 360,000   2021-07-192024-07-31
Wood Sharks, Llc $ 359,510   2021-07-132024-07-15
Mt. Taylor Machine, Llc $ 360,000   2021-07-132024-07-14
Grant Soil & Water Conservation District $ 343,763   2021-06-042024-05-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Since the CFRP began in 2011, the CFRP Panel has reviewed 533 proposals and 204 Federal grants have been awarded. Over 61,700 acres of forest will have been restored in New Mexico upon completion of these projects. Approximately 580 partners have been involved in CFRP projects and over 820 jobs have been created in 20 counties across New Mexico. Fiscal Year 2017: The CFRP Panel reviewed and scored 15 grant proposals and submitted a recommendation to the Secretary to fund 10 projects. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding may be allocated for such things as technical assistance, training and education, equipment, marketing, personnel, travel, and all costs associated with forest and watershed restoration on federal, tribal, state, land grant, county or municipal forest land.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local and tribal governments, educational institutions, landowners, conservation organizations, and other interested public and private entities.

Grant proponents must include a diverse and balanced group of stakeholders as well as appropriate Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Municipal government representatives in the design and implementation of the project.

The projects may be entirely on, or on any combination of, Federal, Tribal, State, County, Land Grant, or Municipal forestlands.

Processing facilities may be located on private land if they are associated with restoration activities on public land.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See Applicant Eligibility.


Credentials or documentation are not required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Implementation Project Proposals must include a signed NEPA Decision Memo.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants are required to submit form SF-424, SF-424(a), SF-424 (b), AD 1047, AD 1049, and other information described in the Request for Applications. Proposals should be sent to: CFRP Program, Cooperative and International Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Room 329, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Award Procedures

The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel evaluates the proposals and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on which ones best meet the purposes, objectives, and administrative requirements of the program. The Panel also evaluates the effect of each proposal on long-term forest management. The Secretary of Agriculture selects proposals for final award. The Secretary of Agriculture charters the Panel as a Federal Advisory Committee, appoints members, and approves proposals for final award.


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


Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, Title VI- Community Forest Restoration, Public Law 106-393, Section 605, Establishment of Program.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Contact the Southwestern Regional Office or the appropriate Forest Supervisor's Office.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. The Federal share of an individual project cost shall not exceed 80 percent of the total cost. The 20-percent matching may be in the form of cash of in-kind contribution. Projects cannot exceed the total annual cost of $150,000, with the federal portion not exceeding $120,000 annually, nor exceed a total cost of $450,000 for the project, with the Federal portion of the total cost not exceeding $360,000 (P.L. 106-393, Title VI, Sec. 605 (a) and (b)(8)). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects may not exceed 4 years in length (Public Law 106-393, Title VI, SEC. 605(b)(7). Assistance will be provided by no more than monthly payments. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: .

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Periodic and final performance reports are required.

Annual financial reports will also be required.

Grant recipients must attend an annual workshop with other stakeholders for the purpose of discussing the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program and projects implemented under it.

Grant recipients may use project grant funds to pay for their travel and per diem expenses to attend the workshop.


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.


State and other generally accepted accounting systems can be used if control procedures allow for proper audit and reconciliation. All grantees must maintain adequate systems for collection and recording statistical data. Project records must be maintained for a period of three years after the project has ended.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1106-0-1-302; 12-1115-0-1-302.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,525,157; FY 17 est $3,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-393 Title VI), a list of the members of the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel, The Charter for the Technical Advisory Panel, The Technical Advisory Panel Recommendations, The Request for Applications, Project Summaries for funded activities, a List of Forest Service Contacts, and multi-party monitoring guidelines can be found on the website for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to for addresses and telephone numbers of the CFRP Coordinators on Forest Service National Forests in New Mexico. These are the Gila, Lincoln, Cibola, Santa Fe, and Carson National Forests.

Headquarters Office

Walter Dunn 333 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 Email: Phone: 505-842-3425

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals will be evaluated to determine if they followed the administrative requirements of the program and the proposal format described in the Request for Applications. The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel will evaluate grant proposals based on the purpose and eligibility requirements described in the Community Forest Restoration Act of 2000 (Section 3 and Section 5, Title VI, Public Law 106-393). The Panel will consider the proposed projects effect on long-term management and the capability of the proponents to accomplish the project. The Panel will also examine the degree to which proposed activities complement existing projects and programs and evaluate whether the project would reduce the danger of wildland fire in high-risk areas in New Mexico.

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