Cooperative Forest Road Agreements
Allows the Forest Service to work cooperatively with State, county, or local public road authorities for the cooperative planning, survey, design, construction, reconstruction, improvement and maintenance of certain "Forest Roads" (as defined by 36 CFR 212.1)
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Surface Transportation Act of 1978, 23 U.S.C. 105 & 205
National Forest Road and Trails Act of October 13, 1964, Public Law 88-657, 16 U.S.C. 532-538
Tribal Forest Management Demonstration Project, Title 2018 Farm Bill, P.L. 115-334, Section 8703
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State, county or local public road authorities
Other Requirements. a. Direction regarding jurisdiction over forest transportation facilities is found in FSM 7703.3. b. Direction regarding common transportation interests with local public road authorities is found in FSM 7703.4.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Either the Forest Service or the Partnering Organization may initiate a Forest Roads Agreement. In addition to the applicable form, the following elements are required, when applicable: For Cooperative Road Agreements: (1) Schedule A. (2) Maintenance plan, when applicable. (3) Project Agreement, when applicable. (4) Financial plan, when entering into a project agreement.
When negotiating Forest Road Agreements, the discussions must cover at a minimum, a description of the project, including methodology and technical specifications, contributions and the responsibilities of the parties, deliverables, the period of performance, and monitoring. Regardless of who initiates discussions, all elements of a project are subject to negotiation. Any party may terminate discussions at any time.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Agreements are in effect for up to five years from the date of execution, as negotiated.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
These agreements accomplish two purposes set forth in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, part 212:
Existing or proposed forest roads that are or will be part of a transportation system of a State, county, or other local public road authority. Forest roads that are or will be part of a transportation system of a State, county, or other local public road authority and are on rights-of-way held by a State, county, or other local public road authority may be constructed, reconstructed, improved, or maintained by the Forest Service when there is an appropriate agreement with the State, county, or other local public road authority under Title 23, United States Code, section 205 and the construction, reconstruction, improvement, or maintenance is essential to provide safe and economical access to National Forest System lands (36 CFR 212.7a).
Maintenance and reconstruction of National Forest System roads by users. The Chief may require, but not in conflict with an existing permit, easement, contract, or other agreement, the user or users of a road, including purchasers of Government timber and other products, to maintain the roads in a satisfactory condition commensurate with the particular use requirements of each. The maintenance to be borne by each user must be proportionate to total use and no individual user shall be required to perform or bear the costs of maintenance other than that commensurate with their use [36 CFR 212.5d(1)].
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reporting is required no less than annually and no more than quarterly, as negotiated in agreement instrument between parties.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Agreements are in effect for up to five years from the date of execution, as negotiated. Reimbursable payments are preferred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
201 14th Street, SW Suite 3C
Washington , DC 20024 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$4,579,586.00; FY 19 est $3,798,798.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$7,260,141.00; FY 16$616,950.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects