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Federal Forest Restoration Program

Background

The Federal Forest Restoration Program (FFRP) was created to accelerate the pace, scale and quality of forest restoration in Oregon's federal forests. The FFRP seeks to increase the resilience and vitality of federal forests and rural communities and to support and leverage collaborative efforts and regional economies. Forest restoration reduces the risks of high severity fire to forest ecosystems and our communities; recovers degraded habitat for fish and wildlife; and creates employment opportunities in rural communities. Through the FFRP, the state provides support and resources to increase capacity for federal forest restoration across Oregon.

Resources to support restoration

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Collaborative support

​​The FFRP’s collaborative grant program is administered by OWEB​ for ODF. The overarching goal of this program is to increase the number, acreage, and complexity of collaboratively planned restoration projects on federal lands in Oregon. The FFRP makes investments to strengthen the efforts of local forest collaboratives focused on building agreement on vegetation management on either USFS or BLM managed lands across the state.

​​​​The Technical Assistance and Science Support (TASS)​ program funds partnership projects between collaboratives and external technical assistance/science support providers to expand the capacity of local collaborative groups to increase the pace, scale and quality of restoration. Examples of past projects include:​

  • ​Fire history and stand development studies that provide site-specific information on resilient stand structure and composition
  • Outreach and Communications: data collection, planning, product design/development, training
  • Workshops, trainings, and other learning and networking opportunities for collaborative group members
  • Monitoring to support collaborative learning about the effects of specific treatments or restoration activities (ecological and socio-economic)
  • Development of guidance or background documents for topics of collaborative interest
  • Collection and analysis of bio-physical data that supports planning of restoration treatments
  • Demonstration projects: design, development, implementation, evaluation, communications

Federal partner support

​​The Forest Service and BLM have time-sensitive data and analysis needs to keep NEPA planning projects moving forward. The availability of NEPA-ready acres as one of the key limiting factors for increasing the pace, scale and quality of restoration. The FFRP program seeks to help the federal agencies meet those needs and to also help the federal agencies test new methods, build new capacity, and explore new business models through the PACE program.

Examples of Planning Assistance and Categorical Exclusion (PACE)-type capacity projects previously funded by
ODF's FFRP include:

  • LiDAR imagery, data acquisition, and ground-truth plots
  • Botany, Threatened and Endangered Species, or Heritage surveys
  • Stand exams
  • Innovative use of LiDAR data to reduce the need for additional field data collection or analysis
  • Contracting the data collection, analysis, and documentation needed for 70 acre commercial thinning and 3000 acre Insect and Disease Categorical Exclusion projects.

​​Due to workforce constraints, federal land management agencies often delay implementation of NEPA-ready projects until federal employees are available to layout and prep commercial projects or implement non-commercial fuels reduction projects. The FFRP expended $2.5 million between fiscal years 2014 and 2019 to extend the work season for firefighters to prepare timber sales and implement fuels thinning projects. The FFRP has also deployed seasonal employees to collect critical data for National Forests, such as stand exams, to help plan projects.

Good Neighbor Authority (GNA)

The Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill, allows the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to enter into partnership agreements with state agencies to accomplish forest, watershed, and rangeland restoration projects on federal lands. ODF and the Forest Service have developed project-level agreements on 10 of the 11 National Forests in Oregon since March of 2016, when the Governor, the State Forester, the Director of ODFW and the Forest Service Regional Forester signed the Master Good Neighbor Agreement.

​​SPAs are partnership agreements where the Forest Service gets additional human resources from the state to perform restoration work and the state gets paid for their work through various pathways. There are two types of SPA:

Restoration Services SPAs

Under a Restoration Services SPA, the Forest Service can use available federal funds to pay ODF to provide restoration services. Examples: Using appropriated Hazardous Fuels funds to accomplish non-commercial thinning or prescribed burning; using K-V deposits to accomplish road maintenance or temporary road decommissioning projects.   

Timber Sale SPAs

Under a GNA Timber Sale SPA, ODF administers commercial treatments on federal forestland, then uses the revenue to cover costs and accomplish additional restoration. This is similar to Forest Service stewardship contracting - thinning is implemented, and the value of harvested wood is captured to be re-invested in forest restoration. GNA timber sale revenue can be used not only to implement additional restoration projects but also to plan and monitor restoration projects. 
View the currently advertised GNA Timber Sales.

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