Forests and Woodlands Resource Management

The Forest and Woodland Management program provides financial assistance, through grants or cooperative agreements, to public or private organizations for the improvement of forests on public lands.

Activities commonly include the maintenance of forest health, forest regeneration, restoration,
rehabilitation, insect and disease control, forest development, and providing for biomass utilization.
Stewardship Authority - To provide financial assistance for Stewardship projects that achieve land management goals for the public lands that meet local and rural community needs.

The seven land management goals for Stewardship are:
(1) Road and trail maintenance or obliteration to restore or maintain water quality;
(2) Soil productivity, habitat for wildlife and fisheries, or other resource values;
(3) Setting of prescribed fires to improve the composition, structure, condition, and health of stands to improve wildlife habitat;
(4) Removing vegetation or other activities to promote healthy forest stands, reduce fire hazards, or achieve other land management objectives;
(5) Watershed restoration and maintenance;
(6) Restoration and maintenance of wildlife and fish; and
(7) Control of noxious and exotic weeds and reestablishing native plant species.
Good Neighbor Authority ? To provide financial assistance for Good Neighbor projects that consist of Authorized Restoration Services which include: treatment of insect and disease infected trees, hazardous fuels reduction, or any other activities to restore or improve forest, rangeland, and watershed health, including fish and wildlife habitat.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Stewardship projects that removed vegetation to promote healthy forest stands and reduced fire hazards.

Projects that promote an integrated approach to resource management and include local community participation in developing strategies for biomass utilization, recognizing the connections between biomass utilization and forest restoration, and encourage sustainable development through a variety of enterprises at various scales.

Projects that cooperatively support common goals and interests in managing, developing and protecting Federal, State, and private lands and water resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner. The BLM continues to partner with Trinity County Resource Conservation District on the Weaverville Community Forest Stewardship project, a typical example of a stewardship cooperative agreement.

This project has treated over 1,000 acres of forest adjacent to the community of Weaverville, California.

Project objectives have been to thin the forest in the wildland urban interface and improve forest resilience.

Timber value from the thinning has been used to offset the thinning of precommercial trees as well as trail maintenance of local hiking and biking trails.

One of the primary employers in Weaverville is a lumber mill which relies on timber supplied from project like this to continue operation.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Santa Ana, Pueblo Of $ 50,000   2014-10-012015-09-30
Salish Kootenai College $ 24,000   2008-09-052009-06-15
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: BLM continues to maintain and expand partnerships to include funding for continued support of collaborative efforts to build community capacity and support for ecological restoration efforts in forests and woodland areas. Both the public and Government agencies benefit from the BLM's support of partners from heightened understanding of the social, economic, as well as environmental, aspects of ecosystem restoration and maintenance. The BLM awarded stewardship cooperative agreements to the Mule Deer Foundation, American Forests, Society of American Foresters, universities, and several resource conservation districts to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels, promote reforestation and restore resilience to forest and woodlands. Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects are limited to forestry projects on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management located mostly in the Western United States and Alaska.

Stewardship projects and Good Neighbor Authority projects must meet criteria established in the respective statutes and set forth in BLM policy memos IM 2015-037 and IM 2014-139 found at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/regulations/Instruction_Memos_and_Bulletins/national_instruction.html.

For more specific information contact the headquarters office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Anyone/General public.

State Government only (Good Neighbor Authority).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/General public.

Credentials/Documentation

Not applicable. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For more information and local requirements, cooperative forestry project proposals should be coordinated with Bureau of Land Management local State or District Office.

State plan is not required for this program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the funding opportunity notice and must be submitted through www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1737,(b), Public Law 94-579, as amended; Stewardship End Result Contracting Projects, 16 U.S.C. 6591c, Public Law 113-79 Section 8205; Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements (aka The Wyden Amendment), 16 USC 1011, PL 104-208, Section 124, as amended by PL 105-277, Section 136, as amended by PL 108-7, Section 135; and Good Neighbor Authority, 16 U.S.C. 2113a, Public Law 113-79 Section 8206.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each project at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.

Appeals

Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula requirements. However, matching funds are encouraged by the applicants and those projects are more likely to be funded. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are awarded for a five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. No commitment will be made to fund projects beyond one year. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated each year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

No cash reports are required.

As stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 and 90 days following the end of the reporting period.

For any grant or cooperative agreement terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended, that grantees must submit a final Program Performance Report 90 days after the end date of grant performance.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

As stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual or annual SF-425, Federal Financial Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period.

A final SF-425 is required 90 days after the end date of grant performance.

Performance monitoring required.

Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly financial status reports using Standard Form 425, Federal Financial Report.

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

All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-302; 14-1108-0-1-302 - Recovery Act (14-09/10-1108-0-1-302).

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $1,447,356; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have ranged from $1,000 to $450,900. Average amounts approximately $50,000 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Division Chief, Forest and Woodland Management, Bureau of Land Management (WO 270), 1849 C St., N.W, 204 LS, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 452-0316.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant?s ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.



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