Collaborative Forest Restoration

The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) exists only in New Mexico and originated from the Community Forest Restoration Act(P.L. 106-393) of 2000. Objectives of the program include: reduce the threat of large, high intensity wildfires; improve forest ecosystem function by reducing the density of small diameter trees; improve the use of, or add value to, small diameter trees; and create local employment or training opportunities.

Each year approximately 15 grants are awarded for an average total of $4.4 million. Thirty-five grant proposals were submitted from throughout New Mexico for the 2006 program. Fourteen projects totaling $4,160,000 were recommended for funding. Landowners, state, local and tribal governments, conservation organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and other public and private institutions can apply.

Proposals are reviewed by an advisory panel composed of community and business representatives, tribal officials, conservation organizations, state and federal land managers, and independent scientists with final approval from the Forest Service Regional Forester.

Several examples of previous CFRP projects include: forest restoration treatment on 450 acres near Reserve in the Sheep Basin area; watershed restoration along the San Francisco River involving removal of non-native vegetation and replanting native species; and the design, engineering and construction of a small-diameter log cabin and a log-processing machine to manufacture logs for cabin construction.

For specific eligibility requirements and additional program information visit the Regional CFRP website.