Forest Service Awards $3.24M in Fire Grants

Release Date: May 6, 2022

Contact(s): Franklin Pemberton


Milwaukee, WI (May 6, 2022) – The USDA Forest Service Eastern Region has awarded $3.24 million to support 17 fire-related projects across the Northeast and Midwest.

The projects are funded through the Forest Service’s Cohesive Fire Strategy competitive grant program. These grants support local wildfire management initiatives on non-federal lands in the region’s 20 Northeast and Midwest states.

In Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources received $300,000 to work with town boards, fire departments, and homeowner associations in high fire risk areas to increase wildfire awareness, reduce fuels, and create communities that are better prepared for wildfires.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received $300,000 to support local efforts in Minnesota to engage home and property owners, increase recognition of inherent risks of living in a fire environment, and to encourage actions that facilitate improved wildfire resilience.

In New York, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission received $150,000 to help restore and reduce fuels in an urban, globally-rare and fire-dependent pine barrens located in the Capital Region of New York State. These treatments will reduce the fuel loading and set the table for the safe and effective use of prescribed fire, while simultaneously advancing the conservation of multiple rare and endangered wildlife species.

“Through these Cohesive Fire Strategy competitive grants we help our partners move forward with training and equipping our wildland firefighters, improving fire prevention efforts, and reducing risk to our communities” said Steve Goldman, Forest Service Eastern Region Fire and Aviation Management Deputy Director. “These grants show that the commitment to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires doesn’t end at jurisdictional or property boundaries.”

Supporting critical training, equipping firefighters, bolstering fire prevention efforts and reducing fire risk on the landscape have been high priorities. Over the past six years, the Eastern Region has distributed over $15 million through these types of grants. To learn more about the Cohesive Fire Strategy competitive grant program and how it is helping to improve wildfire response, create fire adapted communities, and restore and maintain fire-adapted landscapes https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r9/workingtogether/grants/?cid=FSEPRD898823

 

The Forest Service Eastern Region State and Private Forestry program collaborates with states, other federal agencies, Sovereign Tribal nations, landowners and partners to protect, conserve and manage forests and community trees across the 20 Northeastern and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia through grants and technical assistance.

 

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Grant Program

FY2022 Wildfire Risk Reduction/Wildfire Preparedness Grant Awards

State Title/Description Federal Funds
Requested

Iowa

Upgraded Radio Communications

Iowa Department of Natural Resources transition to digital, P25 TDMA trunked hand-held radios that are compatible with federal resource, fire department and law enforcement communications networks.

$35,000

Maryland

Risk Reduction in the WUI

Maryland Forest Service will continue to work with stakeholders, cooperating agencies, communities, landowners, and the public to promote awareness of wildfire issues and create change on the landscape, to increase wildfire resiliency in Maryland.

$300,000

Massachusetts

Expanding RX Fire, Treatments & Planning

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry proposes to expand upon recent forest fire hazard mitigation successes with innovative projects focused on fire dependent ecosystems in Massachusetts.  DCR has continued to learn from its successes in the southeastern part of the state and is proposing to branch out to ongoing fire suppression and ecological restoration areas.

$300,000

Michigan

Advancing Technology to Reduce Risk

Michigan Department of Natural Resources will use the grant to mitigate hazardous fuels In areas that were severely damaged and downed by a snow and ice storm in 2019 that affected the Upper and Lower peninsulas and study the most efficient and cost-effective way of upgrading the statewide web-based Burn Permit system.

$300,000

Mid-Atlantic Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact

MAFFPC Preparedness

Mid-Atlantic Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact will conduct wildland fire preparedness training for the period of 2022-2024.

$100,000

Minnesota

Community Support

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will support local efforts in Minnesota to engage home and property owners, increase recognition of inherent risks of living in a fire environment, and to encourage actions that facilitate improved wildfire resilience.

$300,000

Minnesota

GLFFC Command & General Staff Academy

Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact will develop and prepare a Command & General Staff Academy to assist personnel in meeting current and future Incident Management Team, leadership, and cadre needs within Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.

$85,000

Minnesota

GLFFC L380 & M410

Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact will host L-380 Fireline Leadership, and "two" M-410 Facilitative Instructor, courses during the grant cycle to develop and prepare personnel to meet current and future Incident Management Team (IMT), fire line leadership and fire course training cadre needs within Great Lake Forest Fire Compact and federal agencies in the Lake States.

$85,000

Minnesota

GLFFC FI310, RX 301 & RX410

Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact will develop and prepare personnel to meet current and future fire line leadership, fire investigators and prescribed fire needs within Great Lake Forest Fire Compact and federal agencies.

$75,000

New Hampshire

UNH Grafton County Farm

University System of New Hampshire will support efforts to build capacity for and public awareness around prescribed fire in NH by utilizing the Grafton County Farm (GCF) in North Haverhill, NH as a demonstration and training site. The funding will be used to hire a contractor to develop an overall Fire Management Plan for the site and a Prescribed Burn Plan. Once this planning is in place funding will also be used to pay a qualified contactor to oversee prescribed burn implementation (pre-burn coordination and serve as burn boss) and to participate in public outreach events.

$138,696
New Jersey

Wildfire Adaptation in the WUI

New Jersey Forest Fire Service will increase state capacity and acreage treated by prescribed fire and mechanical mitigation in priority areas, and support community wildfire adaptation in NJ’s most wildfire prone areas by creating new and renewing existing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

$300,000
New York

Albany Pine Bush

Albany Pine Bush Preserve will conduct restoration and fuel reduction in an urban, globally-rare and fire-dependent pine barrens located in the Capital Region of New York State. These treatments will reduce the fuel loading and set the table for the safe and effective use of prescribed fire, while simultaneously advancing the conservation of multiple rare and endangered wildlife species.

$150,000
Ohio

Protecting and Enhancing Forest Resources

Division of Forestry will apply prescribed fire on fire dependent ecosystems on state lands in Ohio, and support targeted community wildfire education and outreach projects focused on implementing prevention activities in/near communities at risk.

$300,000
Ohio

Smokey Street Art

Ohio Division of Forestry will work with the Columbus College of Art and Design to create six large-sized (approx. 250 sqft. each) pieces of Smokey Bear/wildfire prevention themed street art / murals in locations that are highly visible to the public within communities at elevated risk to wildfires in Ohio. Interpretive signs/kiosks near the product sites that explain the importance of the artwork as related to wildfire safety in Ohio, and contain details regarding wildfire prevention and safety.

$73,000
Pennsylvania

Mitigation Specialists

Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Fire Protection will retain 1-2 contractors or agency employees to act in the capacity of wildfire mitigation specialists and also provide support for continued educational programs with regard to wildfire prevention and the inherent dangers of wildfires to identified Communities at Risk.

$300,000
Wisconsin

Education, Planning & Fuel Reduction

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will work with town boards, fire departments, and homeowner associations in high fire risk areas to increase wildfire awareness, reduce fuels, and create communities that are better prepared for wildfires.

$300,000
Wisconsin

Firefighter Property Program

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources participation in the Department of Defense's (DoD) special programs where firefighters can get excess DoD property to be used for firefighting and emergency services.

$100,000

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