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Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Overview

2019 Request for Proposals

To select projects for implementation under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund, the Secretary considers the recommendations of an Advisory Panel. An advisory panel reviews Project proposals nominated by the Regional Forester. Learn more about the CFLRP Advisory Panel…

The proposal process for new CFLRP projects and extensions for existing ten-year projects will involve two tiers of review. This process applies to new projects as well as projects that have received funding for 10 years and are applying for a one-time extension for the shortest time practicable to complete implementation.

  • Tier 1 (Pre-Proposal):  Applicants provide a brief and high-level description of the proposed CFLRP project or project extension. The Regional Office will evaluate Tier 1 proposals using a common set of criteria and the Regional Forester will decide which projects should proceed with full Tier 2 proposal development.

    Tier 1 pre-proposal deadlines (please reach out to the Regional Contact listed below for more information)

    • Region 1 - August 23, 2019
    • Region 2 - August 30, 2019
    • Region 3 - August 23, 2019
    • Region 4 - August 30, 2019
    • Region 5 - August 19, 2019
    • Region 6 - August 16, 2019
    • Region 8 - August 23, 2019
    • Region 9 - August 23, 2019
    • Region 10 - August 23, 2019
  • Tier 2 (Full Proposal): Project extension and new project proposals selected in Tier 1 will proceed with detailed proposal development.  These proposals will be reviewed for completeness by the Regional Office, and if they meet all of the CFLRP eligibility criteria, they will be submitted to the CFLRP Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Committee for evaluation.

    Check back for Regional Tier 2 deadlines or reach out to your Regional contact. Proposals due to the Washington Office by November 22, 2019.

Interested in applying?

For timeline, criteria, templates, and other information please see the following.

Tier 1 (Pre-Proposal) Packet (.docx) includes:

Tier 2 (Full Proposal) Packet (.docx) includes:

Webinars for Interested Applicants

CFLRP Contacts

Background

Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) with Title IV of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (PDF, 40 KB) and reauthorized it in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Section 8629 (the Farm Bill).

The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and:

  • encourage ecological, economic, and social sustainability;
  • leverage local resources with national and private resources;
  • facilitate the reduction of wildfire management costs, including through re-establishing natural fire regimes and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire;
  • demonstrate the degree to which various ecological restoration techniques achieve ecological and watershed health objectives; and,
  • encourage utilization of forest restoration by-products to offset treatment costs, to benefit local rural economies, to and improve forest health.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund

The reauthorization establishes the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund providing funding authority for:

  • requests by the Secretary of up to $80,000,000 annually for fiscal years 2019 through 2023;
  • up to 50 percent of the cost of carrying out and monitoring ecological restoration treatments on National Forest System (NFS) land for each proposal selected;
  • up to $4 million annually for any one project;
  • up to two projects per year in any one FS region; and,
  • up to 10 projects per year nationally

Uses and Limitations

  • The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund may only be used on National Forest System lands and may not be used to cover planning costs.
  • The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund may be used to pay for up to 50 percent of the cost of carrying out and monitoring ecological restoration treatments on National Forest System (NFS) lands.
  • The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund for any 1 proposal for no more than 10 fiscal years. However, the reauthorization allows for one-time extensions on a case-by-case base for no more than ten years.

Past Proposals Submitted

Two requests for proposals for Fiscal Year 2010 (PDF, 5.4 MB) and for Fiscal Year 2011 (PDF, 0.9 MB) were sent to solicit Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program proposals. The following are the proposals that were received in each year:

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Committee met October 18-20, 2011, to evaluate 2011 proposals submitted in response to the Fiscal Year 2011 Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Request for Proposals and to make recommendations for project selection to the Secretary of Agriculture. On February 2, 2012, the Secretary of Agriculture announced the selection of 10 Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program projects.

In Fiscal Year 2012, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program panel selected enough proposals to utilize all $40 million in the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration fund. In the same year, the panel’s charter expired. The panel was put on inactive status.

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Committee met in Washington, DC, July 20-22, 2010, to review proposed Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program projects and make recommendations for project selection to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Committee recommended ten projects proposals to the Secretary of Agriculture for project selection. On August 13, 2010, the Secretary announced the selection of Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects in nine states that promote healthier, safer and more productive public lands.