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CFLRP Advisory Committee

The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture has approved nine CFLRP Advisory Committee Members. Review the Committee Charter document here.

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.

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

CFLRP Advisory Committee Meeting

  • The Advisory Committee met virtually June 22-June 25, 2020 and developed recommendations for the Secretary on CFLRP proposals.
  • The Committee’s recommendations to the Chief of the Forest Service and the Secretary of Agriculture are available here.
  • Notes from the June meeting will be posted sometime in July.
  • See the Federal Register Notice for additional background on the Committee and the June meeting.

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, Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition - Director
    • 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.
  • 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.