Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention
(1) To enhance the capacity to develop, transfer, apply, monitor, and regularly update practical science-based forest restoration treatments that will reduce the risk of severe wildfires, and improve the health of dry forest and woodland ecosystems in the interior West; (2) to synthesize and adapt scientific findings from conventional research programs to the implementation of forest and woodland restoration on a landscape scale; (3) to facilitate the transfer of interdisciplinary knowledge required to understand the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of wildfire on ecosystems and landscapes; (4) to require the Institutes established under this Act to collaborate with Federal agencies to use ecological restoration and wildfire treatments; (5) to assist land managers in restoration-based applications and new management technologies; (6) to provide technical assistance to collaborative efforts by affected entities; and (7) to assist Federal and non-Federal land managers in providing information to the public on the role of fire and fire management.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention Act, Public Law 108-317
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
One (1) Institute each of (A) the State of Arizona, to be located at Northern Arizona University; (B) the State of New Mexico, to be located at New Mexico Highlands University, while engaging the full resources of the consortium of universities represented in the Institute of Natural Resource Analysis and Management (INRAM); and (C) the State of Colorado, to be located at Colorado State University
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Annual work plans must be approved by the Forest Service in consultation with the Department of Interior.
This authority provides for non-competitive awards to the institutes.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Institutes shall submit a Federal Financial Assistance application package, SF-424 forms, annually based on the amount of appropriated funds each fiscal year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
To require the Institutes established under this Act to collaborate with Federal agencies – (A) to use ecological restoration treatments to reverse declining forest health and reduce the risk of severe wildfires across the forest landscape; and (B) to design, implement, monitor, and regularly revise representative wildfire treatments based on the use of adaptive ecosystem management.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Forest Service program manager shall conduct monitoring activities to track program accomplishments.
Institutes shall maintain programmatic and accounting records applicable to each annual award for a period of not less than 3 years after the completion of all activities thereunder.
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
Not applicable Advance or reimbursable payments
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
333 Broadway Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 USA
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$2,230,000.00; FY 19 est $1,500,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$1,500,000.00; FY 16$1,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of assistance is $150,000 - $1,500,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
National Fire Plan; the report entitled "Protecting People and Sustaining Resources in Fire-Adapted Ecosystems - A Cohesive Strategy" (65 Fed. Reg. 67480); and the report entitled "10-Year Comprehensive Strategy: A Collaborative Approach for Reducing Wildland Fire Risks to Communities and the Environment" of the Western Governor's Association.
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