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Forest Collaboratives

Overview

In 2013, the Oregon Legislature provided state funds to create the Federal Forest Restoration Program (FFR) to increase the pace, scale, and quality of restoration on Oregon’s federal forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) entered into an agreement with OWEB to facilitate Federal Forest Health Collaborative Project Development technical assistance grant offerings and awards as a part of program implementation.

The Collaborative Capacity Grants are intended to increase restoration efforts on federal forests statewide by enhancing and strengthening the effectiveness of local collaboratives. Grants are awarded through a competitive process in which collaborative groups respond via letter of intent and application to specific objectives and goals developed collaboratively by OWEB and ODF.

Purpose

The primary goal of these grants is to increase the number, acreage, and complexity of collaboratively planned restoration projects on federal lands in Oregon. The primary outcome of these grants should be development, expansion, and/or advancement of collaborative Zones of Agreement for restoration that include vegetation management on either USFS- or BLM-managed lands. Zones of Agreement (ZOA) can be developed or advanced toward implementation for specific project areas (i.e., NEPA planning areas), Forest Plan allocation units (i.e., Designated Old Growth), forest types (i.e., Dry mixed conifer) and/or ecological function (i.e., riparian areas). A secondary goal is to improve the capacity of collaborative groups to achieve this outcome.

Funding

There is $550,000 available for both Collaborative Governance (approximately $200,000) and Zones of Agreement (approximately $350,000) applications for this cycle.

Collaborative Governance applications are the first priority in order to ensure that Oregon’s forest collaborative organizations are robust and can effectively develop agreements and use all the tools available to them.

Contacts

Online App or General

Courtney Shaff, OWEB, 503-986-0046

Kathy Leopold, OWEB, 503-986-0187

Project Eligibility

Phil Chang, ODF, 503-871-2378

Administrative Rules

Oregon's Administrative Rules Secretary of State website

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