Good Neighbor Authority

To permit the head of any state agency (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) to perform restoration and protection services on Federal land.

Note: Appropriations version limits cooperator to State Forestry.

Federal land means land that is National Forest System land.

It does not include a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System; Federal land on which the removal of vegetation is prohibited or restricted by Act of Congress or Presidential proclamation; or a wilderness study area.

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.

See regional and local Forest Service offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Natural Resources, Utah Department Of $ 15,300   2015-08-192025-08-20
Natural Resources, Utah Department Of $ 507,500   2015-07-172020-06-30
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restoration services provided are on a project-by-project basis as planned or made ready for implementation under existing Forest Service authorities.

Types of projects include treatment of insect infected trees, reduction of hazardous fuels, and other activities to restore or improve forest, rangeland, and watershed health including fish and wildlife habitat.

Projects may be completed by the states or subcontracts utilizing state contract procedures.

Public works projects may not be performed under the Farm Bill version of the Act. Under the 2014 Appropriations Bill ONLY, public works projects may be completed but only by a State Forestry agency, or its contractor, and only when similar and complementary work is performed on NFS and adjacent State or private lands.

Note: This authority expires September 30, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State includes state agencies that are part of a State university system.

State universities are not eligible.

State includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Program authorized for states containing or affected by National Forest System Land, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


No Credentials or documentation are required, however 2 CFR 200 does apply. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

If necessary or as part of the agreement, appropriate environmental documentation (NEPA) should be completed prior to project implementation.

Any decision required to be made under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 USC 4321 et seq.) with respect to any authorized restoration services on Federal land to be provided remains the responsiblity of the Forest Service.


Environmental impact information is not 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. The Forest Service and the State agency mutually agree to projects that are appropriate under this authority.

Award Procedures

The law authorizes sole source award of included projects. Projects and associated funding will be negotiated between the Forest Service and the State agency.


Not Applicable.


Section 8206 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill). This authority does not expire. Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2014, Public Law 113-76, section 417; which amends Section 331 of the Department of the Interior and related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (Public Law 106-291; 114 Stat.996), as amended by section 336 of division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Public Law 108-447; 118 H.R. 3547 ? 338 Stat. 3102) and Section 422 of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Division A of Public Law 111-88; 123 Stat 2961). Appropriations version of the authority is due to expire September 30, 2018.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Negotiated between the Forest Service and the State agency.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Good Neighbor Agreements may be executed for up to 10 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As specified in award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reports are required at least annually but no more than quarterly as negotiated between the Forest Service and the State agency.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Financial reports (SF-425) shall be submitted in accordance with award terms.

No performance monitoring is required.


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.


All related data, information, records and accounts shall be retained for a period of 3 years beyond the date of submission of final financial reports. Financial and programmatic records will be made available to the Forest Service or its designated agent upon request.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1106-0-1-302 - National Forest System; 12-1115-0-1-302 - Wildland Fire.


(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $37,720,435; FY 17 est $5,500,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Variable. Projects may range from $5,000 - $1,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See regional and local Forest Service offices.

Headquarters Office

John Crockett 201 14th St SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-205-1495

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All Good Neighbor Agreements are approved on the basis of negotiated work products, project objectives to be achieved, and the relationship to regional forest and watershed health issues, priorities and needs.

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