Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreement Authority
To enter into domestic cooperative agreements with willing participants for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat and other resources on public or private land and for the reduction of risk from natural disaster where public safety is threatened that benefit these resources within the watershed.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Public Law 105-277, Section 323 as amended by Public Law 109-54 Section 434. This program has been permanently authorized, Public Law 111-11.
Public Law 115-334
Tribal Forest Management Demonstration Project, Title 2018 Farm Bill, P.L. 115-334, Section 8703
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Private landowners, State, local or Tribal governments or other public entities, educational institutions or private nonprofit entities.
Projects must be located in the same watershed where the public resource benefits will occur.
No Credentials or documentation are required
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 required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Any project carried out under Wyden authority must comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, policies and permit requirements; for example, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. The standard application forms SF 424s as furnished by the federal agency and required by OMB A-102, as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3016, must be used for this program.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Forest Service and cooperator mutually agree to projects that are appropriate.
Established by Forest headquarters, Regional or Washington Office.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Submit written request and completed SF-424 application and SF-424A (as applicable) to amend amount or length of commitment; other requirements may be established by the affected Forest headquarters, Regional or Washington Office.
How are proposals selected?
Cooperative agreements and grants are negotiated on the basis of project objectives to be achieved, with emphasis on restoration, protection, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and other resources on public and private land, the reduction of risk from natural disaster where public safety is threatened, or a combination thereof or both that benefit these resources within the watershed; availability of funding.
How may assistance be used?
Projects that protect, enhance, or restore resources within a watershed and provide tangible benefits to achieving Forest Service goals and objectives are allowable under Wyden. Project types are not limited to actual projects on the ground; for example, stream gabion installation, check dam construction, fish habitat restoration, or culvert cleaning. Watershed analysis studies, habitat surveys and wildlife species monitoring, depending on the benefit to resources within the watershed, are also permissible under Wyden. Any project carried out under Wyden authority must comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, policies and permit requirements; for example, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The recipient and other parties to the agreement are expected to conduct monitoring activities.
Access to financial reports shall be provided to Forest Service or its designees as described in the award.
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
As specified on the cooperative agreement, but not to exceed 5 years. Invoices may be submitted no more frequently than monthly. As specified on the cooperative agreement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Varies by type of project and funding available.
FS Watershed and Aquatics,
201 14th Street NW, Room 3SE
Washington, DC 20024 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$1,098,493.00; FY 19 est $700,350.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$4,590,515.00; FY 16$3,968,460.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by type of project and funding available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OMB Circulars, as applicable to the type of recipient and 48 CFR 31.2 for Private Landowners.
Examples of Funded Projects