CFLRP Advisory Panel
We are now reviewing candidates for the CFLRP Federal Advisory Panel to evaluate CFLRP proposals and provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture on final CFLRP project selections.
Congress created CFLRP in 2009 to support large-scale forest restoration and benefit local communities through collaborative approaches. CFLRP 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. Congress reauthorized CFLRP in the 2018 Farm Bill, doubling the authorized funding level to $80 million per year and creating the opportunity for new CFLRP projects. The Farm Bill also provides an opportunity for current CFLRP projects funded for ten years to apply for an extension waiver to complete implementation.
What does the CFLRP Advisory Panel do?
- The purpose of the panel is to evaluate, support, and provide recommendations on each nominated CFLRP project to the Secretary of Agriculture for final selections. It is solely advisory in nature.
- To this end, the advisory panel is required to meet annually and may meet as often as is necessary to review and evaluate CFLRP proposals and make recommendations.
Who should apply to serve on the CFLRP Advisory Panel?
- Panel members will be appointed based on their expertise and knowledge in the following areas:
- Ecological restoration,
- Fire ecology,
- Fire management,
- Rural economic development,
- Strategies for ecological adaptation to climate change,
- Fish and wildlife ecology, and/or
- Woody biomass and small-diameter tree utilization.
- The Committee will consist of officials from academia; tribal, state, county, or similar agencies; non-government organizations; and related industries. Committee membership will be fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented.
- Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be followed.
- Individuals directly involved in developing a CFLRP proposal and/or actively involved in a specific CFLRP collaborative(s) planning to apply for a new project or extension are advised not to apply due to potential conflicts of interest.
What else do I need to know?
- Panelists will be selected by the Secretary of Agriculture.
- Members serve without compensation, but with reimbursement of travel expenses.
- Panelists will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct as well as a Financial Disclosure Report.
- This Panel will expire in 2 years from the date of filing unless renewed.
- Panel nominations were open on the Federal Register website from October 15 through November 14, 2019.