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U.S. Forest Service

CFLRP Advisory Committee

Congress created CFLRP in 2009 to support large-scale forest restoration and benefit local communities through collaborative approaches. The 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 the 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.

Field review of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest, Oregon. Field review of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest, Oregon.

CFLRP Advisory Committee Meetings and Recommendations

  • June 2021 Committee Meeting
    • The Advisory Committee will meet virtually June 29 - July 1, 2021 to evaluate the 2012 CFLRP extension proposals and develop recommendations for the Secretary.
    • The meeting is open for members of the public to listen in. To join the meeting, please see the meeting agenda for log-in information: CFLRP Advisory Committee log in information & agenda.
    • See the Federal Register Notice for additional background on the Committee, the June meeting, and the June meeting and for guidance on how to provide a comment.
      • Please note that the Federal Register Notice states that the purpose of the meeting is to evaluate 2020 CFLRP proposals. The request for proposals was only open to extension proposals for CFLRP projects first funded in 2012. The reference to 2020 proposals refers to these extensions, submitted in response to the 2020 request for proposals.
  • June 2020 Committee Meeting & Recommendations
    • The Advisory Committee met virtually June 22 - June 25, 2020 and developed recommendations for the Secretary on CFLRP proposals.
    • See the Federal Register Notice for additional background on the Committee and the June meeting.
    • Notes from the June meeting are available.
    • The Committee’s recommendations to the Chief of the Forest Service and the Secretary of Agriculture are available.
    • The Secretary of Agriculture approved the Committee’s ranked list of proposals recommended in the July 2020 letter to the Chief and Secretary. The proposals will be funded in that order if and when funding is available.

Who serves on the CFLRP Advisory Committee?

  • Committee members are appointed based on their expertise and knowledge in seven areas named in the CFLRP statute. The expertise areas, and current members named for each, are:
    • Ecological restoration,
      • Cecilia Clavet, The Nature Conservancy - Senior Policy Advisor, Forests and Fire
    • Fire ecology,
      • Matthew Hurteau, University of New Mexico, Department of Biology – Associate Professor
    • Fire management,
      • Kathleen McIntyre, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency - Forest Health Program Manager
      • Vernon Stearns, Intertribal Timber Council – President, Spokane Tribe of Indians – Fuels Manager
    • Rural economic development,
      • Emily Jane Davis, Oregon State University - Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Ecosystem Workforce Program Associate Director
      • Karen Hardigg, Owner, Hardigg Consulting, LLC
    • Strategies for ecological adaptation to climate change,
      • Jonathan Bakker, University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences – Professor
    • Fish and wildlife ecology,
      • Ray Vaughan, WildLaw – Retired, Founder and Director
    • Woody biomass and small-diameter tree utilization.
      • Brent Racher, Restoration Solutions LLC – Manager and Owner
  • The Committee consists 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.
  • Review the Committee Charter document here.
  • Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be followed.
  • In order to avoid conflicts of interest, individuals directly involved in developing a CFLRP proposal and/or actively involved in a specific CFLRP collaborative(s) applying for a new project or extension do not serve on the Committee.