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PDF title: Collaborative Forest Restoration Project – Working Together for
New Mexico’s Forests and Communities
Date: January 2003
Keywords: collaboration, forest restoration
Related Web Sites: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/spf/cfrp
The USDA Forest Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Institute
2150 Centre Ave., Bldg. A, Suite 300, Ft. Collins CO 80526
Working Together for New
Mexico's Forests and
United States BY
Department of Forest Region
What is the Collaborative Forest Restoration
The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program
(CFRP) is a new approach to building agreement
among people and organizations that care about New
Mexico's public forest land.
The program provides grants for projects that
restore forests on public or tribal land and improve the
use of small trees thinned from those lands.
Organizations that have often been in conflict are
encouraged to collaborate on the design,
implementation, and monitoring of projects thatvalue
local and traditional knowledge, create healthy and
productive forests and watersheds, and build
ownership and civic pride. The CFRP provides an
alternative to appeals and litigation over the
management of our public forest lands. By working
together, small business owners, conservation and
environmental organizations, community groups,
tribes, colleges, universities, and other organizations
can qualify for CFRP grants for forest restoration
projects that reduce the threat of wildfire, improve
watershed conditions, and provide jobs and training to
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Why do we need a Collaborative Forest
Fire suppression, logging, and livestock grazing
have altered the ecologjcal balance of New Mexico's
forests over the years. Many of those forests are now
crowded with small trees that can erupt into
catastrophic wildfires that endanger peoples lives and
livelihoods and the ecological stability of our forests
and watersheds. People who care about New
Mexico's public forests must work together to build
agreement on what should be done, how it should be
done, and where it should be done if we are to restore
these forests to a healthy state.
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Who can apply for grants?
State, local and tribal governments, educational
institutions, landowners, conservation organizations,
and other interest~ public and private entities can
apply. Restoration projects must be entirely on, or on
any combination of Federal, tribal, state, county, or
municipal forest lands. The program does not provide
grants tor the treatment of private land, but CFRP grants
can be used for processing facilities on private land that
use small trees from thinning projects on public land.
What is the purpose of CFRP?
.Promote healthy watersheds and reduce the
threat of large, high intensity wildfires, insect
infestation, and disease;
.Improve the functioning of forest ecosystems
and enhance plant and wildlife biodiversity by
reducing the unnaturally high number and
density of small
forest lands in
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diversity and productivity of forested
watersheds in New Mexico;
.Improve the use of, or add value to, small
.Encourage sustainable communities and
sustainable forests through collaborative
partnerships, whose objectives are forest
.Develop, demonstrate, and evaluate
ecologically sound forest restoration
What are the objectives of the grant program?
.Reduce the threat of large, high intensity
wildfires and the negative effects of excessive
competition between trees by restoring
ecosystem functions, structures, and species
composition, including the reduction of non-
native species populations.
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use of, or add value to, small diameter trees.
.Create local employment or training
opportunities (including summer youth jobs
programs) within the context of accomplishing
forest restoration objectives.
Each objective must be addressed in the project
narrative of the grant proposal, but the applicant may
emphasize specific objectives.
Are there any other eligibility requirements?
To receive a CFRP grant, applicants are required
.Include a diverse and balanced group of
stakeholders as well as appropriate Federal,
tribal, state, county, and municipal
government representatives in the design,
implementation, and monitoring of the
.Incorporate current scientific forest restoration
.Preserve old and large trees.
.Include a multi-party assessmentto identify
both the existing ecological condition of the
proposed project area and the desired future
condition. In addition, upon project
completion, grantees must report on the
positive or negative impact and effectiveness
of the project including improvements in local
management skills and on-the-ground results.
.Comply with Federal and state environmental
.Leverage Federal funding through in-kind or
How do CFRP participants share lessons
CFRP grant recipients attend an annual workshop
to discuss the program and their projects. The
workshop provides an opportunity to share successes
and lessons \earnedwith each other and the public
land management agencies.
What level of funding is available?
Cost share grants of up to $360,000 are available
for projects up to 4 years in length. The Federal share
is limited tp $120,000 per year. A 20 percent non-
Federal match is required for all Federal funds.
In 2001, the first year of the program, 46
proposals were received and 19 were funded for
approximately $4.7 million. In FY 2002, 27 proposals
were received and 15 were funded for approximately
How are projects selected for funding?
A 12 to 14 member technical advisory panel
evaluates the project proposals and makes
recommendations to the Forest Service on which ones
best meet the CFRP objectives. The panel includes
Federal and state government representatives, tribes,
and independent scientists. It also includes equal
representation from commodity, community, and
conservation interests. The panel discussion provides
an opportunity for these groups to gain an
understanding and appreciation for each other's
perspectives, and build agreement on approaches to
forest restoration that can be supported by a wide
variety of interest groups. The panel uses a consensus-
based process to develop their recommendations to the
forest Service. The Forest Service Southwestern
Regional Forester takes those recommendations into
account when deciding which projects to fund.
For Further Information, Contact:
Walter Dunn, Program Manager
Collaborative Forest Restoration Program
USDA Forest Service
333 Broadway Blvd., SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 842-3425
Or Visit the CFRP Website at:
Or Contact Your Local Forest Service Office:
Carson National Forest -Ben Romero,
(505) 758-6200, email: email@example.com
Cibola National Forest -Susan McHenry,
(505) 346-3900; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gila National Forest- Mike Gardner, (505) 388-
8212; email: mgardner01 @fs.fed.us
Lincoln National Forest-Connie Zipperer,
(505) 434-7200; email:-email@example.com
Santa Fe National Forest-Reuben Montes, (505)
438-7892, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY).
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