Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee
has developed an “Oregon Framework for Desired Projects” for the program. The framework is a set of recommended criteria for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s use in determining whether the Department should apply for technical assistance funds in support of the project. The technical assistance funds would be used by the Department to assist the Community in implementing its Community Forest Plan should the project receive Community Forest Program funding.
Besides meeting all requirements in the Federal Request for Applications
, Oregon applications from qualified non-profit organizations and local governments should include a letter from the private landowner that indicates the landowner is a voluntary, willing seller supporting the project. In addition, the application should address – but still stay within the 8 page limit -- to what extent the following applies to the project:
- A written and approved Forest Stewardship / Oregon Tree Farm System Management Plan – or the commitment to develop one before closing on the acquisition – will be used to establish the long-term management provisions of the Community Forest Plan.
- The property is third party certified through the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) – or will seek such certification prior to closing on the acquisition.
- The property is actively managed and demonstrates effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry instead of in need of restoration.
- The property is located within an urban-rural interface area threatened with conversion to non-forestry use.
- Long term management of the property supports implementation of the Oregon Conservation Strategy.
- The purpose of the Community Forest contains a strong landowner/public forestry/outdoor education component.
Applications from family forestry related non-profit organizations - with local forestland owner and community involvement, and demonstrated financial and organizational capacity to manage the property - are strongly encouraged. Landowner contribution to the required non-federal match in form of bargain sale is also encouraged. Oregon Community Forest Program Fact Sheet