Evaluation Monitoring and Detection Monitoring Projects

Evaluation Monitoring Projects

The Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) program is a cooperative national and international program that enables the early detection and evaluation of changes in forest health conditions on all land ownerships. The Evaluation Monitoring (EM) component of the FHM program is designed to determine the extent, severity, and causes of undesirable changes in forest health that were initially identified through aerial and ground surveys, permanent plots, or other means.

Applicants respond to a call letter distributed by Forest Health Protection in late summer, typically August. Proposals can request up to 3 years of funding.  Minimum match requirements are determined by the agreement instruments that will be used to deliver the funding to the successful applicants. Every proposal must identify a Forest Health Protection “sponsor” who is aware of the proposal and supports its feasibility and importance.  Applications are evaluated by a regional team and the top five proposals are submitted to national competition. 

Continuing projects are required to submit a progress report to receive their next year’s funding. Concluded projects submit a final report.

Evaluation Monitoring funding decisions are made in February or March and the funds are made available, dependent on the passage of the federal budget and subsequent agreement preparation, in May or June.

Results from Evaluation Monitoring projects are shared at FHM Workshops and are summarized in the annual Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends and Analysis Report.

Funding Process

Evaluation Monitoring proposals from the FHM West Coast Region are due annually in late September or early October to the FHM Regional Coordinator.  For new or continuing proposals, contact the FHM Coordinator for your state for details about application procedures and deadlines:

View the current year request for proposals, which includes proposal instructions.

Review FHM previously funded West Coast Region Evaluation Monitoring projects.


Proposals are evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Linkage to FHM Program. The need for the project should arise from analyses of FHM (Forest Health Monitoring) surveys and/or FIA (Forest Inventory and Analysis) ground plot data; priority issues raised by Regional or National FHM Management Teams; or Focus Group Resolutions from FHM Workshops.
  2. Significance/Impact of Forest Health Issue. This criterion addresses the relative significance or impact of the forest health issue addressed by the project. Factors to consider include biological, economic, and social impacts; geographic scope; potential management implications. Proposers are encouraged to clearly describe how results can be applied at broader scales.
  3. Scientific Basis/Methods. This criterion addresses the degree to which proposed methods are based on sound science. Factors to consider include feasibility of proposed methods; the likelihood that the project will be successfully completed within the proposed timeframe; the track record of principal investigators.
  4. Cost/Economic Efficiency. This criterion addresses the cost and economic efficiency of the proposed project. Factors to consider include the relative cost; economic efficiency; cost-sharing and leveraging of economic resources; administrative assessments.
  5. Priority Issues. This criterion reflects the degree to which the proposed project addresses priority issues developed by the FHM Management Team.