AGENCY: Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.
ACTION: Request for applications
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, requests
applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation
Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant
program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations,
and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish
community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land
from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish
community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-
forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest
management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and
wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs;
benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and
recreational benefits secured with public access.
Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private
forest land that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain
natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must
also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held
in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe, must not
be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing
seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined
community benefits under CFP and allow public access.
DATES: Interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit
applications to the State Forester. Tribal applicants must submit
applications to the appropriate Tribal government officials. All
applications must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments
by January 15, 2014. State Foresters or Tribal government officials
must forward applications to the Forest Service Region, Northeastern
Area or International Institute of Tropical Forestry by February 17,
ADDRESSES: All local government and qualified nonprofit organization
applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where
the property is located. All Indian tribal applications must be
submitted to the Tribal government officials of the Indian tribe.
Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service
Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical
Forestry, and the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian
tribe when developing their proposal. The State Forester's contact
information may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml. All applicants must also send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm an application has been submitted
for funding consideration.
State Foresters and Tribal government officials shall submit
applications to the appropriate Forest Service Regional/Area/Institute
contact noted below.
Northern and Intermountain Regions
Regions 1 and 4, (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT)
Janet Valle, U.S. Forest Service, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT 84401, 801-
625-5258 (phone), 801-625-5716 (fax), email@example.com.
Rocky Mountain Region
Region 2, (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY)
Claire Harper, U.S. Forest Service, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401,
303-275-5178 (phone), 303-275-5754 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Region 3, (AZ, NM)
Margee Haines, U.S. Forest Service, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM
87102, 505-842-3881 (phone), 505-842-3165 (fax), email@example.com.
Pacific Southwest Region
Region 5, (CA, HI, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia
and other Pacific Islands,)
Dan McKeague, U.S. Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592,
707-562-8875 (phone), 707-562-9054 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pacific Northwest, and Alaska Regions
Regions 6 and 10, (AK, OR, WA)
Brad Siemens, U.S. Forest Service, 120 Southwest 3rd Ave., Portland, OR
97204 (or), P.O. Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208-3623, 503-808-2353
(phone), 503-808-2469 (fax), email@example.com.
Region 8, (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA)
Mike Murphy, U.S. Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW., Suite 700B
850S North, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-347-5214 (phone), 404-347-2776
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Connie Carpenter, U.S. Forest Service, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle
Ceiba, San Juan, PR 00926-1119, 787-766-5335 x 222 (phone), 787-766-
6263 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.
(CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI,
VT, WI, WV)
Neal Bungard, U.S. Forest Service, 271 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824-
4600, 603-868-7719 (phone), 603-868-7604 (fax), email@example.com.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the grant
application or administrative regulations, contact Scott Stewart,
Program Manager, 202-205-1618, firstname.lastname@example.org or Maya Solomon,
Program Coordinator, 202-205-1376, email@example.com.
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four
hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.