OREGON – The USDA Forest Service Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is kicking off their call for project proposals and ten-year extensions under the program, reauthorized by the 2018 Farm Bill.
The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program encourages landowners, communities, local organizations, agencies and other partners to work together to achieve common land management goals using science-based tools.
The program has proven to be an effective tool for improving forest conditions, growing rural economies and leveraging partner investments to improve the quality and scale of our work.
The 2018 Farm Bill has the potential to double appropriations to $80 million a year and opens up opportunities for new projects and extensions on projects funded for ten years or more. A Federal Advisory Panel will evaluate and recommend project proposals to Secretary Perdue for selection.
It’s expected that $28 million of the funding available for Fiscal Year 2020 will go toward 13 current projects selected in 2012.
The Forest Service is using a clear review process and selection criteria in selecting projects. This process includes a two-tier approach for both new projects and extensions.
In tier one, Regional Offices will evaluate partial proposals and the Regional Forester will decide which projects should proceed with full development for tier two.
Tier two, the Regional Office will review the more detailed proposals and submit to the Federal Advisory Panel for review.
The program reauthorization also requires a Federal Advisory Committee Act panel to evaluate proposals for funding. Recruitment for candidates will take place soon – more information available on the CFLRP website.
The advisory panel will be no more than 15 members with expertise in restoration, fire, rural economics, fish and wildlife, climate change adaptation and biomass and wood products.
Visit the CFLRP website to learn more, see eligibility requirements and reach out to a Regional Coordinator.