Collaborative Forest Restoration


The purposes of the grants are: to promote healthy watersheds and reduce the threat of large, high intensity wildfires, insect infestation, and disease in the forests in New Mexico; to improve the functioning of forest ecosystems and enhance plant and wildlife biodiversity by reducing the unnaturally high number and density of small diameter trees on Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Municipal forest lands; to improve communication and joint problem solving among individuals and groups who are interested in restoring the diversity and productivity of forested watersheds in New Mexico; to improve the use of, or add value to, small diameter trees; to encourage sustainable communities and sustainable forests through collaborative partnerships, whose objectives are forest restoration; and to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate ecologically sound forest restoration techniques.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, Title VI- Community Forest Restoration, Public Law 106-393, Section 605, Establishment of Program
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Local and tribal governments, educational institutions, landowners, conservation organizations, and other interested public and private entities. Grant proponents must include a diverse and balanced group of stakeholders as well as appropriate Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Municipal government representatives in the design and implementation of the project. The projects may be entirely on, or on any combination of, Federal, Tribal, State, County, Land Grant, or Municipal forestlands. Processing facilities may be located on private land if they are associated with restoration activities on public land.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See Applicant Eligibility.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Implementation Project Proposals must include a signed NEPA Decision Memo.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants are required to submit form SF-424, SF-424(a), SF-424 (b), AD 1047, AD 1049, and other information described in the Request for Applications. Proposals should be sent to: CFRP Program, Cooperative and International Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Room 329, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Award Procedure
The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel evaluates the proposals and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on which ones best meet the purposes, objectives, and administrative requirements of the program. The Panel also evaluates the effect of each proposal on long-term forest management. The Secretary of Agriculture selects proposals for final award. The Secretary of Agriculture charters the Panel as a Federal Advisory Committee, appoints members, and approves proposals for final award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Contact the Southwestern Regional Office or the appropriate Forest Supervisor's Office.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be evaluated to determine if they followed the administrative requirements of the program and the proposal format described in the Request for Applications. The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel will evaluate grant proposals based on the purpose and eligibility requirements described in the Community Forest Restoration Act of 2000 (Section 3 and Section 5, Title VI, Public Law 106-393). The Panel will consider the proposed projects effect on long-term management and the capability of the proponents to accomplish the project. The Panel will also examine the degree to which proposed activities complement existing projects and programs and evaluate whether the project would reduce the danger of wildland fire in high-risk areas in New Mexico.
How may assistance be used?
Funding may be allocated for such things as technical assistance, training and education, equipment, marketing, personnel, travel, and all costs associated with forest and watershed restoration on federal, tribal, state, land grant, county or municipal forest land.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Periodic and final performance reports are required. Annual financial reports will also be required. Grant recipients must attend an annual workshop with other stakeholders for the purpose of discussing the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program and projects implemented under it. Grant recipients may use project grant funds to pay for their travel and per diem expenses to attend the workshop.
Not applicable.
State and other generally accepted accounting systems can be used if control procedures allow for proper audit and reconciliation. All grantees must maintain adequate systems for collection and recording statistical data. Project records must be maintained for a period of three years after the project has ended.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 20%. The Federal share of an individual project cost shall not exceed 80 percent of the total cost. The 20-percent matching may be in the form of cash of in-kind contribution. Projects cannot exceed the total annual cost of $150,000, with the federal portion not exceeding $120,000 annually, nor exceed a total cost of $450,000 for the project, with the Federal portion of the total cost not exceeding $360,000 (P.L. 106-393, Title VI, Sec. 605 (a) and (b)(8)).

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may not exceed 4 years in length (Public Law 106-393, Title VI, SEC. 605(b)(7). Assistance will be provided by no more than monthly payments. .
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Refer to for addresses and telephone numbers of the CFRP Coordinators on Forest Service National Forests in New Mexico. These are the Gila, Lincoln, Cibola, Santa Fe, and Carson National Forests.
Headquarters Office
Patrick Moore
333 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 USA
Phone: 505-842-3425
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 FY 24 FY 21$3,839,870.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$1,076,396.00; FY 18$2,901,023.00; FY 17$3,000,000.00; FY 16$3,525,157.00; - (Project Grants) FY 22 FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; - This program is not currently funded or anticipate funding in future years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-393 Title VI), a list of the members of the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel, The Charter for the Technical Advisory Panel, The Technical Advisory Panel Recommendations, The Request for Applications, Project Summaries for funded activities, a List of Forest Service Contacts, and multi-party monitoring guidelines can be found on the website for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.