CFLR Program Frequently Asked Questions

Question

What funding can be used to match the CFLRF funding requests in proposals?

Answer

PL 111-11, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, TITLE IV--FOREST LANDSCAPE RESTORATION, Sec. 4003 (f) (1) states the CFLR funds “are to be used to pay up to 50 percent of the cost of carrying out and monitoring ecological restoration treatments on National Forest System land.” “Carrying out” is interpreted to be synonymous with implementing and monitoring treatments on the ground. Matching funds would also need to cover the costs of implementing and/or monitoring projects on NFS lands since the CFLR funds are limited to 50 percent of these costs. Matching funds can include a combination of appropriated, permanent and trust, or partnership funds, in-kind contributions, and forest product value exchanged for restoration treatments (in stewardship contracts). The primary intent of the Act is to implement treatments to reduce uncharacteristic wildfire and WUI fire hazard, address ecological restoration, improve wildlife and fish habitat, improve hydrologic function and water quality, manage invasive species, maintain, decommission, and rehabilitate roads and trails; and utilize resulting wood by-product materials. Determinations for qualification of a budget line item (BLI) as appropriate for matching the CFLR BLI are based upon: budget direction primary purpose and definition as a treatment activity necessary to implement a landscape restoration treatment in the context of the project restoration strategy. Implementation includes development of treatment guides, forest vegetation management prescriptions, contracted and force account work, and project implementation and/or effectiveness monitoring. Costs related to program-level (Forest plan) monitoring, environmental analysis (NEPA), land acquisition, research, or general program administration activities do not qualify as matching fund contributions.

The following BLIs qualify for CFLR match, providing the primary purposes are consistent with the CFLR project description and landscape restoration strategy. In cases where BLIs are not listed but the activities are consistent with CFLRP proposal and guidelines, consult the WO NFS budget staff for final determination.

BDBD, CMEX, CMII, CMLG, CMRD, CMTL, CWFS, CWF2, CWKV, CWK2, HTAP, NFEX, NFLM (boundary only), NFMG (ECAP/AML only), NFN3, NFRR, NFTM, NFVW, NFWF, PEPE, RBRB, RTRT, SSSS, SPFH, SPEX, SPS4, SSCC, SRS2, VCNP, VCVC, WFEX, WFHF, WFPR, WFW3,

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