Forest Health Protection

Protect non-Federal forest and tree resources from damaging forest insects, disease causing agents, and invasive plants; develop/improve forest health protection technologies; and monitor the health of our nation's forests.



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 http://www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml for Regional and Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry offices of the Forest Service and for addresses and telephone numbers of Regional Foresters and Northeastern Area Director of the Forest Service.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
North Carolina Department Of Agriculture & Consumer Services $ 5,000   2018-08-082023-08-31
Mia Consulting Llc $ 20,000   2018-08-022023-07-31
Utah Weed Supervisors Association, The $ 136,200   2018-07-242023-06-30
State Lands And Investments, Wyoming Office Of $ 44,000   2018-05-312023-06-30
Agriculture, Montana Department Of $ 161,200   2018-07-052023-06-30
Natural Resources, Ohio Department Of $ 10,000   2018-08-152023-06-30
Agriculture, South Dakota Department Of $ 21,000   2018-06-222023-06-30
North Dakota Department Of Agriculture $ 35,000   2018-08-022023-06-30
Natural Resources, Utah Department Of $ 54,000   2018-07-052023-06-30
Department Of Agriculture Nevada $ 95,000   2018-07-052023-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To assist State Foresters, State Plant Regulatory Officials, equivalent State officials, or other official representatives, subdivisions of states, agencies, institutions (public and private), organizations (profit or nonprofit), and individuals on non-Federal lands.

Activities include: conducting surveys to detect and assess insect, disease, invasive plant and other stressors; monitoring and reporting on the health of forests and trees; recommending measures to prevent, retard, slow the spread, control, suppress or eradicate incipient, potential, threatening or emergency forest and tree pests; planning, organizing, directing, and performing such measures; providing technical and scientific information, advice, and related assistance; developing applied methods and technology to improve management of forest health; providing information on pesticides and their use; promoting implementation of appropriate silvicultural or management techniques to improve forest health; and taking other actions deemed necessary to accomplish the objectives and purposes of the Forest Health Protection program.

Assistance to tribal lands held in trust by the United States Government is provided directly by the Forest Service, and thus are not included in this cooperative program.

However, other tribal lands, such as Alaska Native Corporation Lands, that are not held in trust are included.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State Forestry, State Agriculture or equivalent State agencies, subdivisions of states, Alaska native corporations and tribal governments (for lands not held in trust), institutions (public and private), organizations (profit and non-profit), and municipalities are eligible.

All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and the territories and possessions of the United States are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Foresters, State Plant Regulatory Officials, equivalent State officials or other official representatives, tribes, subdivisions of states, agencies, institutions (public and private), organizations (profit or nonprofit), and individuals on non-Federal lands.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200. 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. Contact Regional, Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) Office listed at: http://www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml

Award Procedures

Established by the Regional, Area or IITF Office.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Submission due dates are developed for each fiscal year. Contact Region, Area or IITF office. State single point of contact will have 30 days from notification of tentative allotments to comment.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Submit SF-424(A) with SF 424 application to amend the allotment amount or length of commitment; other requirements may be established by the Regional, Area or IITF Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Funding for the Cooperative Forest health Protection program is provided to states to help support a base level of professional forest health expertise for non-federal forest managers. Grants for this program are allocated to states using a formula that is based on the number of acres of non-federal forest land within the states, other factors, and amount of funding available through annual appropriations. Applicant matching for cooperative Forest Health Protection programs and projects that treat specific forest health problems on non-federal lands is required and is 50%. In cases where it is mutually agreed upon that an applicant will treat federal lands as part of a cooperative project or program, the Forest Service reimbursement is 100% for the federal portion. However, applicant matching rates may be adjusted in emergency or extraordinary situations. Forest Service cost-share rates for activities involving development of new and improved forest health protection methods and technologies, and the conduct of special projects and evaluations are negotiated on a project-by-project basis with the grantee. Exceptions from the 50% cost-share requirement must be approved by the Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry. The applicant share of cooperative programs may be in the form of cash, services, or in-kind contributions. If a state elects to consolidate the annual Forest Service financial assistance, in lieu of functional cost sharing mechanisms, the total consolidated payment to any state during any fiscal year may not exceed the total amount of non-federal funds expended to implement its state forest resources program during that year. Treatment funds and activities cannot be a part of the consolidated payment and must stand alone to meet the 50% match requirement (See FSM 3431.22). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are typically awarded for one or two years and may be extended on request and with the approval of the program manager. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments made based on authorization and negotiation of provisions with cooperator.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Periodic and annual accomplishment reports are required per the provisions in the final agreement.

SF425 is required no less than annually and no more than quarterly for each agreement.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

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.

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.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $33,424,000; FY 17 est $33,997,000; and FY 18 est $31,347,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Forest Service Manual- Title 3400 is available in all Forest Service offices, and State Forestry agency offices. OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-87, as implemented by 7CFR Part 3016 and 2 CFR 225, are applicable to State and local government grantees.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to http://www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml for Regional and Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry offices of the Forest Service and for addresses and telephone numbers of Regional Foresters and Northeastern Area Director of the Forest Service.

Headquarters Office

Director, Forest Health Protection 1400 Independence Ave SW, Mailstop 1110, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (703) 605-5340

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All grants and cooperative agreements are approved on the basis of negotiated targets, project objectives to be achieved, and relationship to national and regional forest health issues, priorities, and needs.



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