AGENCY: Forest Service.
ACTION: Request for applications.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and
Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, 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. Some of these benefits include sustainable forest
management; clean air, water, wildlife habitat, and other environmental
benefits: forest-based educational programs; service as models of
effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with
Private forest land that is at least five acres in size, suitable
to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested is
considered eligible lands for grants funded under this program. The
lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest use, 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, either hardcopy or electronic, must be received by State
Foresters or Tribal governments by January 16, 2015. 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, 2015.
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 Tribal applications must be submitted to
the equivalent Tribal government official. Applicants are encouraged to
contact and work with the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or
International Institute of Tropical Forestry, and State Forester or
equivalent Tribal government official in 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 email@example.com to confirm an application
has been submitted for funding consideration.
State Foresters and Tribal government officials shall submit
applications, either electronic or hardcopy, 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), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Mountain Region
(CO, KS, NE, SD, WY)
Claire Harper, U.S. Forest Service, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401,
303-275-5239 (phone), 303-275-5754 (fax), email@example.com.
Margee Haines, U.S. Forest Service, 333 Broadway SE., Albuquerque, NM
87102, 505-842-3881 (phone), 505-842-3165 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pacific Southwest Region
(CA, HI, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and other
Dan McKeague, U.S. Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592,
707-562-8875 (phone), 707-562-9054 (fax), email@example.com.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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 (fax), email@example.com.
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, DC, 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 Maya Solomon,
Program Coordinator, 202-205-1376, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.