Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention

(1) To enhance the capacity to develop, transfer, apply, monitor, and regularly update practical science-based forest restoration treatments that will reduce the risk of severe wildfires, and improve the health of dry forest and woodland ecosystems in the interior West; (2) to synthesize and adapt scientific
findings from conventional research programs to the implementation of forest and woodland restoration on a landscape scale; (3) to facilitate the transfer of interdisciplinary knowledge required to understand the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of wildfire on ecosystems and landscapes; (4) to require the Institutes established under this Act to collaborate with Federal agencies to use ecological restoration and wildfire treatments; (5) to assist land managers in restoration-based applications and new management technologies; (6) to provide technical assistance to collaborative efforts by affected entities; and (7) to assist Federal and non-Federal land managers in providing information to the public on the role of fire and fire management.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
New Mexico Highlands University $ 892,547   2019-08-222021-05-31
Colorado State University $ 450,000   2018-08-092020-09-30
Northern Arizona University $ 1,493,878   2019-07-232020-07-31
New Mexico Highlands University $ 519,427   2018-07-182019-12-31
Colorado State University $ 149,999   2017-08-082019-09-30
Northern Arizona University $ 1,329,984   2018-07-302019-07-31
New Mexico Highlands University $ 140,722   2017-07-252019-05-15
Colorado State University $ 150,000   2016-05-132018-09-30
Northern Arizona University $ 1,200,000   2017-06-142018-07-31
New Mexico Highlands University $ 149,646   2016-05-062018-04-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: On-going technical assistance. Fiscal Year 2017: On-going technical assistance. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

To require the Institutes established under this Act to collaborate with Federal agencies ? (A) to use ecological restoration treatments to reverse declining forest health and reduce the risk of severe wildfires across the forest landscape; and (B) to design, implement, monitor, and regularly revise representative wildfire treatments based on the use of adaptive ecosystem management.

No funds made available under this Act shall be used to pay costs of constructing any facilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility

One (1) Institute each of (A) the State of Arizona, to be located at Northern Arizona University; (B) the State of New Mexico, to be located at New Mexico Highlands University, while engaging the full resources of the consortium of universities represented in the Institute of Natural Resource Analysis and Management (INRAM); and (C) the State of Colorado, to be located at Colorado State University.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Annual work plans must be approved by the Forest Service in consultation with the Department of Interior. This authority provides for non-competitive awards to the institutes.

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. Institutes shall submit a Federal Financial Assistance application package, SF-424 forms, annually based on the amount of appropriated funds each fiscal year.

Award Procedures



Not Applicable.


Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention Act, Public Law 108-317.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Advance or reimbursable payments.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each Institute must provide a peer-reviewed annual report to the Forest Service in accordance with P.L.


Accomplishment reports as set forth in the award letter are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Actual expenditures are detailed on each request for reimbursement and/or advance liquidation request.

An SF425 Financial Report must be submitted at least annually.

Terms are noted in the award letter.

The Forest Service program manager shall conduct monitoring activities to track program accomplishments.


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.


Institutes shall maintain programmatic and accounting records applicable to each annual award for a period of not less than 3 years after the completion of all activities thereunder.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1105-0-1-302; 12-1115-0-1-302.


(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $1,500,000; FY 17 est $1,500,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of assistance is $150,000 - $1,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

National Fire Plan; the report entitled ?Protecting People and Sustaining Resources in Fire-Adapted Ecosystems ? A Cohesive Strategy? (65 Fed. Reg. 67480); and the report entitled ?10-Year Comprehensive Strategy: A Collaborative Approach for Reducing Wildland Fire Risks to Communities and the Environment? of the Western Governor?s Association.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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