AGENCY: Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.
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 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
Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private
forest 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, either hardcopy or electronic, must be received by State
Foresters or Tribal governments by June 29, 2018. State Foresters or
Tribal government officials must forward applications to the Forest
Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of
Tropical Forestry by July 27, 2018.
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 when developing their proposal.
Applicants must consult with the State Forester and equivalent Tribal
government official prior to requesting technical assistance for a
project. The State Forester's member roster may be found on
www.stateforesters.org/about/who-we-are. 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, 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), email@example.com.
Rocky Mountain Region
(CO, KS, NE, SD, WY)
Claire Harper, U.S. Forest Service, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401,
303-895-6157 (phone), 303-275-5754 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alicia San Gil, U.S. Forest Service, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM
87102, 505-842-3289 (phone), 505-842-3165 (fax), email@example.com.
Pacific Southwest Region
Miranda Hutten, U.S. Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA
94592, 707-562-9025 (phone), 707- 562-9054 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and other
Katie Friday, 60 Nowelo St. Hilo, HI 96720, 808-854-2620 (phone), 503-
808-2469 (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, 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
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Magaly Figueroa, U.S. Forest Service, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle
Ceiba, San Juan, PR 00926-1119, 787-764-7718 (phone), 787-766-6263
(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 Scott Stewart,
Program Coordinator, 202-205-1618, 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.