Forest & Grassland Health

Cross-Boundary Authorities

Shared Stewardship Home / R1 Implementation / CROSS-BOUNDARY AUTHORITIES / Stewardship Strategy / Montana / Idaho / North Dakota


How to Meet the Goals of Shared Stewardship

Forest Service employees display a proposed project map during a public field trip

The Forest Service has several cross-boundary authorities that allow the Agency to work in partnership to achieve landscape level treatments alongside our partners.  The cross-boundary tools listed here are just a sampling and not an exhaustive list. Other resources include:
From Ideas to Action:  A guide to Funding and Authorities for Cooperative Forestry

Formalizing Partnerships through Grants and Agreements -- with the USDA Forest Service


Cross Boundary/All-Lands Tools*

*These tools are a sample of the most common tools under which cross-boundary agreements and projects can be made and take place. As new tools and programs are developed they will be added.

Please click on the following headings to learn more about each Stewardship Tool or click here to download a PDF list of these tools:

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP)

Wyden Authority

Good Neighbor Authority (GNA)

Stewardship Authority/Agreements

Tribal Forest Protection Act (TFPA)

Two Chiefs Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership

Western States/ Wildland Urban Interface

Hazardous Fuel Reduction Grant

Landscape Scale Restoration (LaSR) Grant


Commonly Used Terms and Acronyms

Term and Acronym Glossary
Acronyms Name Abbreviated Definition
Categorical Exclusion A category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and for which, therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.
Environmental Assessment When the significance of impacts of a project proposal is uncertain, an environmental assessment (EA) is prepared to assist in making this determination. If it is found that significant impacts will result, the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) should commence immediately.
Environmental Impact Statement A document prepared to describe the effects for proposed activities on the environment. "Environment," in this case, is defined as the natural and physical environment and the relationship of people with that environment.
National Environmental Policy Act The environmental review process under NEPA provides an opportunity for the public to be involved in the Federal agency decision-making process. NEPA requires Federal agencies to consider environmental effects that include, among others, impacts on social, cultural, and economic resources, as well as natural resources.
National Forest Management Act This is the primary statute governing the administration of national forests and  requires public involvement in preparing and revising forest plans. 
National Forest System (lands) A nationally significant system of Federally owned units of forest, range, and related land consisting of national forests, purchase units, national grasslands, land utilization project areas, experimental forest areas, experimental range areas, designated experimental areas, other land areas, water areas, and interests in lands that are administered by the USDA Forest Service or designated for administration through the Forest Service.
Master Stewardship agreement  Master agreement is an agreement, executed between the Forest Service and a cooperator that establishes a framework for completion of separate but related projects under supplemental project agreements. Master agreements may be national, regional, or local in scope.  Depending on the authority cited can be for Stewardship (SA), Participating (PA), Challenge Cost Share (CS) or Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) 
Supplemental project agreement An instrument executed under the umbrella of a Master Agreement (SA, PA, CS, GNA) that identifies specific project work.