Community Forest Program (CFP)
|What is the Community Forest Program?|
|Through the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP), financial assistance grants are available to local governments, Indian tribes, and qualified nonprofit organizations to establish community forests and sustainably manage them for many public benefits, including recreation, income, wildlife habitat, stewardship demonstration sites, and environmental education.
Comparison of the Forest Legacy and Community Forest Programs
- Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000.
- Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
- Community Forests can be owned by local governments, Tribal Governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.
- The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match. The match can include cash, in-kind services, or donations from a non-Federal source. Additional requirements and information are found in § 230.6 of the final rule.
- Public access is required for CFP projects
- The community is involved in the establishment of the community forest and long-term management decisions.
- Lands eligible for grants funded under the program must be private forest at least five acres in size and at least 75 percent forested, or suitable for sustaining forest cover.
- Frequently Asked Questions
||The Community Forest Program is made possible with funding and other program support provided by the USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Region, State & Private Cooperative Forestry.|
|National Request for Applications - CLOSED|
|Application deadline is May 15, 2012 for submitting applications to the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe and June 14, 2012 for State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe submitting the applications to the Forest Service.|
The Forest Service encourages applicants to contact and work with their State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe when developing their proposal. All applicants must also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.
National Request for Applications (Federal Register Notice)
|U. S. National Park Service Opportunity-closes 8/1/12-NEW!|
|Trails and Conservation Technical Assistance Opportunities (closes 8/1/12)|
The National Park Service provides no funding, but can help communities plan for success.
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with a staff member in your area
before preparing an application.
|Oregon's Framework for Desired Projects|
|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:
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.
- 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.
Oregon Community Forest Program Fact Sheet
Oregon Supplemental Call for Applications (News Release)
|Cascadia Cave (55 acres, Linn County) -- Linn County Parks, as the applicant, but in|
conjunction with the Linn County Commissioners, City of Sweet Home, the Sweet Home Economic Development Group, the South Santiam Watershed Council, the Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon State Parks, and the Willamette National Forest propose to establish a 12 mile long, 2500+ acre South Santiam Community Forest that would re-connect Foster Reservoir/Sweet Home to the upland national forest in the South Santiam River corridor. The recently developed concept is in line with the 2003 Sweet Home Community Vision, has a majority of Linn County Commissioners support, and has strong support from the South Santiam Watershed Council Board, and is backed by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon State and Federal agencies. The community forest would create public access along the picturesque clear, opal colored South Santiam River as well as upland forests through the acquisition of private industrial timberlands to re-connect the community of Sweet Home via the historic Santiam Wagon Trail to the top of the pass to historic Fish Lake Stagecoach and Remount station and Clear Lake resort. A prime goal of this “reconnection” would be improved forest management , conservation stewardship and understanding of cultural and natural resources that would be conducted in partnership with the Tribes and the Sweet Home School District, among many others. The idea for the South Santiam Community Forest was born out of a U.S. Forest Service initiative referred to as the “All Lands Approach.” During the All Lands Approach process it was recognized early that by far the most important acquisition parcel would be the 55 acre Cascadia Cave, one of the most important heritage sites in Oregon that is currently owned by a private timber company. The scientifically dated 8,000 year old heritage site is adjacent to a very important fishing site, Indian trail, and a historic soda springs that once was “the road most traveled” over the Cascade Range while today Hwy 20 has become “the road least traveled.” To acquire this site, the private timber company landowner would sell the 55 acre parcel to Linn County, conditional on the development of a suitable forest management plan that ensures protection of the site and access to the public in a manner that also protects important forest resources.
|Forest Stewardship/Oregon Tree Farm Plan Financial Assistance |
|The Oregon Department of Forestry currently has some funding available to provide cost-share assistance for a consultant to develop plans. Non-industrial private landowners who are the subject of the Community Forest Program application are free to pursue these funds on behalf of the Community IF: |
- The private forestland owner wants to willingly participate in the Community Forest Program and supports the applicant;
- the private forestland owner would commit to the Forest Stewardship Plan/Oregon Tree Farm plan (or a modification thereof that might remove public access and other provisions sought by the Community should the project not get Community Forest Program funding); and
- there is clear understanding between the Community and private landowner regarding who bears the cost-share non-federal match for the completed plan depending on the outcome of any award for the Community Forest Program.
Private landowners must apply for Forest Stewardship/Oregon Tree Farm plan cost-share assistance through their Stewardship Forester using the application form at the bottom of the Forest Stewardship / Oregon Tree Farm System Management Plan webpage. Cost-share assistance in developing a Forest Stewardship/Oregon Tree Farm forest management plan will be considered per our normal process – there will be no preference given because the landowner is also tied to a proposed Community Forest Program project. Only NEW plans are eligible for cost-share assistance; there is no financial assistance available to update a current Forest Stewardship/Oregon Tree Farm Plans.
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Building D
Salem, Oregon 97310
Fax: (503) 945-7490