BLM Fuels Management and Community Fire Assistance Program Activities

 

Fuels Management Program activities represent strategic investments in managing vegetation through active management to reduce the intensity, severity or negative effects of wildfire. It provides cost-effective benefits to the American people, helps restore and maintain healthy ecosystems, and supports communities in their efforts to become fire-adapted. Program activities include: programs that develop local capability including assessment and planning, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and implementation; fire prevention, plan and implement fuels management activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such fuels management activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that benefit resources on federal land; enhance the knowledge of rural fire districts by providing assistance in education and training; assist with the prevention of wildfires to reduce the risk and impact to communities and their values.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.228
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; I - Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; L - Dissemination of Technical Information; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Anticipating 130 proposals and 15-20 awards to be made. Communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires to provide assistance in the following areas: assessment and planning, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and action; plan and implement hazardous fuels reduction activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such hazardous fuels reduction activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that mitigate the threat of catastrophic fire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas; and enhance local and small business employment opportunities for rural communities.
Fiscal Year 2017 Communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires to provide assistance in the following areas: assessment and planning, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and action; plan and implement hazardous fuels reduction activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such hazardous fuels reduction activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that mitigate the threat of catastrophic fire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas; and enhance local and small business employment opportunities for rural communities.
Fiscal Year 2018 Communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires to provide assistance in the following areas: assessment and planning, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and action; plan and implement hazardous fuels reduction activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such hazardous fuels reduction activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that mitigate the threat of catastrophic fire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas; and enhance local and small business employment opportunities for rural communities.
Fiscal Year 2019 Current data not available
Fiscal Year 2020 Current data not available
Authorization
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) 43 U.S.C. §1737 (b)
Good Neighbor Authority 16 U.S.C. §2113a
Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements 16 U.S.C. § 1011 (b)
Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2005 16 U.S.C. § 6518(2)
Department of the Interior, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Wildland Fire Management, Public Law 116-6 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, Public Law 114-53, Division E, Title I, Department-wide Programs, Wildland Fire Management; This program was first implemented in the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001, Title IV, Public Law 106-291.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States and local governments at risk as published in the Federal Register, Indian Tribes, public and private education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and rural fire departments serving a community with a population of 10,000 or less in the wildland/urban interface.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States and local governments at risk as published in the Federal Register, Indian Tribes, public and private education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and rural fire departments serving a community with a population of 10,000 or less in the wildland/urban interface.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and submitted through www.grants.gov. State plan is not required for this application.
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Wildland Urban Interface community projects are reviewed at State level and funding recommendations are made through each State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director or Field Office Manager.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type of complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time of the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Appeals
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.
How may assistance be used?
Fuels management activities are restricted to Federal lands, or adjacent non federal land for activities that benefit resources on Federal land. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Assistance can be used for helping BLM support fuels management program activities, including community programs that develop local capability including assessment and planning, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and implementation ; fire prevention, plan and implement fuels management activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such fuels management activities, on federal land, or on adjacent non federal land for activities that benefit resources on federal land;enhance the knowledge of rural fire districts by providing assistance in education and training; assist with the prevention of wildfires to reduce the risk and impact to communities and their values. Funding is highly variable each fiscal year. For more specific information please contact the headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance Reports, unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit at the minimum an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary award date. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Records relating to work performed and costs are kept by the Bureau. There is no fixed records schedule. Records for grants awarded to non-federal entity will be maintained in accordance 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart D Post Federal Award Requirements.
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
No specific restrictions. However, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and no more than five years. Funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Frequency of recipient payment will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief
National Interagency Fire Center
Boise, ID 83705 USA
jskinner@blm.gov
Phone: (208)387-5321
Website Address
http://www.nifc.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1125-0-1-302
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$4,864,265.00; FY 19 est $4,999,996.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$6,895,026.00; FY 16$3,708,000.00; - Data not available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $5,000 to $686,000. Average amount is $47,400 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
BLM's Fuels Management Program activities are described in the program budget justifications for the wildland fire management programs (https://www.doi.gov/wildlandfire). A variety of public information on this plan is available by contacting the appropriate State Office or the National Interagency Fire Center's website at: http://www.nifc.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 (1) Modeling long-term effects of fuel treatments on fuel loads and fire regimes in the Great Basin. The project will assess the efficacy of fuel management strategies at decadal time-scales by synthesizing existing data to develop inputs for a vegetation dynamics model, the Ecosystem Demography (ED) model. The purpose of using the process-based ED model is to provide alternative future scenarios of the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem of the Great Basin under changing climate and fire regimes. (2) Relations among cheatgrass-driven fire, climate, and sensitive-status birds across the Great Basin. This project will model current and future spatial interactions among cheatgrass cover and biomass, precipitation, and fire across the Great Basin and to model current and future cover of sagebrush and herbaceous vegetation. We further will examine how projected changes in fire regimes and fire and fuels treatments may affect habitat quality for and probability of occupancy of sensitive-status breeding birds. Additionally, we will use statistical change-point analyses9 to detect any abrupt, nonlinear temporal changes—thresholds—in projected vegetation cover, habitat quality, and occupancy10 . Detection of ecological thresholds, if they exist, may suggest fuels treatments and restoration actions that will decrease the probability of entering into or remaining within undesirable ecological states. (3) Do perennial bunchgrasses competitively exclude Bromus tectorum in post-fire rehabilitation? This project will examine the distribution of tectorum and perennial bunchgrasses across plot, site, and landscapes scales on locations with and without post-fire rehabilitation using spatial analysis of photoquadrats. The spatial analyses will allow us to address the following research questions: a) Does seeding Poa secunda, elymoides, and cristatum after a fire reduce the dispersion of tectorum at the plot or site scale? b) Is the spatial distribution of grass species consistent among sites across landscapes? ID Firewise Community Fire Assistance Projects, CO-Community Fire Assistance Project, OR/WA Wildland Urban Interface and Community Fire Projects, WY Cooperative Fire/Fuels Reduction and Habitat Improvement, ID Twin Falls District Community Fire Assistance Project.
Fiscal Year 2017 ID Firewise Community Fire Assistance Projects, CO-Community Fire Assistance Project, OR/WA Wildland Urban Interface and Community Fire Projects, WY Cooperative Fire/Fuels Reduction and Habitat Improvement, ID Twin Falls District Community Fire Assistance Project.
Fiscal Year 2018 AZ Maricopa County Community Wildfire Protection Plan CO Community Fire Assistance, Southwest District CO supports a fuels reduction project for the Miller Canyon Ranch Subdivision in Mesa County Colorado Southwest Idaho Roadside Wildfire Mitigation Idaho Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance - Owyhee County
Fiscal Year 2019 ORWA Baker Co. Fire Preparedness & Mitigation ORWA Eastern Lane Unit Wildland Urban Interface and Community Fire Assistance ID Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance WY Fuels Reduction and Habitat Improvement CA Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and Community Fire Assistance MT South Dakota Wildland Fire Academy and Community Assistance
Fiscal Year 2020 Data not available.

 



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