Skip to Main Content
Home >> Grants >> Program Justifications

Program Justifications

Forest Health Management 10.680

The Cooperative Forest Health Program provides states with federal funds to detect, monitor, and evaluate forest health conditions on State and private lands. These federal funds enable states to collect forest health data in a standardized manner so that this data is compatible with data from other states in the region. The standardization and compatibility ensures that the information collected by the states and given to the Forest Service is valid for regional reporting.

Forest Health Management

The Cooperative Forest Health Program (CFHP) was authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (PL 95-313)and amended by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL 101-624). CFHP assists States in conducting forest health management activities on non-Federal forest lands to achieve healthy sustainable forests, forest stewardship, and sustainable economic development.

Prevention and Suppression

Federal financial assistance for Forest Pest Prevention and Suppression on forested lands in all ownerships was authorized by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL 101-624). This assistance may be used to protect trees and forests and wood products, stored wood, and wood in use from natural and man-made causes. Financial assistance is also provided to State officials and others to monitor and protect forested lands. Program activity promotes healthy sustainable forests, forest stewardship, and sustainable economic development.

Forest Health Monitoring

The Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) off-plot program supplements information obtained from fixed plot surveys by providing landscape level data on forest stressors. This program promotes survey standardization among States, enhanced surveys of specific forest health problems, and regional forest health reports and maps for sustainable forest management and stewardship.

 

 

State Fire Assistance 10.664

The purpose of this program is to provide financial, technical and related assistance to State Foresters or equivalent State officials and through them to other agencies and individuals.

The State Fire Assistance program is authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-313) as amended by the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-624). This program supports State forestry agencies with responsibility for wildfire suppression by providing financial support for equipment and training. Funding provided through this program promotes mobilization readiness for efficient suppression of wildfires on all State and private lands to help maintain healthy sustainable forests and promote working relationships and service excellence.

 

 

Volunteer Fire Assistance 10.664

States are encouraged to use their funding to assist those departments with the greatest need as well as to fund projects having the most benefits. VFA dollars may be used to fund multi-community/fire department projects such as a mutual-aid communications network.

The Volunteer Fire Assistance program was authorized by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL 101-624). This program provides financial, technical, and other assistance through State forestry agencies to organize, equip, and train small, local fire departments in rural communities with populations under 10,000 to prevent and suppress rural fires. RCFP contributes to healthy sustainable forests, forest stewardship, and sustainable economic development.

 

 

Forest Stewardship Program 10.678

The Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) helps private forest landowners develop plans for the sustainable management of their forests. The Stewardship Incentives program provides financial assistance to private landowners to carry out their stewardship plans. Both programs support implementation of forestry practices by other Federal and State agencies through their land conservation programs.

Forest Stewardship Program

The FSP, authorized by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL 101-624), encourages active management by private landowners of their forested lands and related resources. In cooperation with the State forestry agencies and the State stewardship coordinating committees, the FSP promotes a healthy sustainable forest, forest stewardship, and sustainable economic development.

Forest Resource Management

The Forest Resources Management (FRM) program, was authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (PL 95-313) to provide technical assistance and information to non-Federal forest landowners. This program promotes healthy sustainable forests and sustainable economic development of forest resources.

Reforestation, Nursery, and Genetic Resources

The Reforestation, Nursery and Genetic Resources (RNGR) program, authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (PL 95-313), and the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (PL 94-588), ensures availability of planting stock for conservation programs. The program supports nursery modernization, training, and new technology for State RNGR programs. These programs contribute to healthy sustainable forests, sustainable economic development, and ecosystem restoration.

 

 

Urban and Community Forestry 10.675

This program helps people in urban areas and community settings sustain shade trees, forest lands, and open spaces.

The Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program was authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (PL 95-313) and revised by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL 101-624) to promote natural resource management in populated areas and improve quality of life. U&CF goals of awareness, outreach and environmental equity, partnerships, and comprehensive natural resource management focus on achieving healthy sustainable forests, sustainable economic development, and information management.

 

 

Conservation Education 10.664

Conservation Education provides technical and financial assistance to State forestry agencies and other organizations to promote informed decisions affecting forests and other natural resources.

The CE program address a national priority of the USDA Forest Service.. Emphasis is on the core themes of sustainability of natural and cultural resources in forest, grassland, and aquatic ecosystems; and developing awareness of the interrelationships between people and the land.

 

 

Wood Education and Resource Center 10.681

The Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) mission is to facilitate interaction and information exchange with the forest products industry to enhance opportunities for sustained forest products production in the eastern hardwood forest region of the United States.

The Wood Education and Resource Center supports managerial and technical innovation to keep businesses competitive. It provides state-of-the-art training, technology transfer, networking opportunities, applied research, and information.

WERC serves the primary and secondary hardwood manufacturing industries located in the 35 states of the eastern hardwood forest region.

WERC's Primary Goals are to improve the knowledge, skills, and capacity of the forest industry management and workforce; increase communication, cooperation, and collaborative problem solving within the forest products industry: and improve efficiency in forest product manufacturing and wood utilization.

 

 

Forest Legacy Program 10.676

The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) protects private forestlands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The FLP was authorized under the 1995 Farm Bill (PL 101-624) to conserve critically important forested lands threatened by conversion to other uses. The FLP maintains healthy sustainable forests by protecting a viable forestland base to ensure economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Jump to Top of Page
https://www.fs.usda.gov/naspf/grants/program-justifications