Forest Land Enhancement Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Agriculture , Forest Service
CFDA #: 10.677

Purpose of this program:

With respect to the sustainable management of nonindustrial private forest and other rural lands suitable for sustainable forest management; provide technical and educational assistance; provide cost share for practices such as management plan development, tree planting, forest stand improvement, agroforestry implementation, water quality improvement and watershed protection, fish and wildlife habitat improvement, forest health protection, invasive species control, wildfire and catastrophic risk reduction, wildfire and catastrophic risk rehabilitation, and special practices approved within the State and by the FS Responsible Official.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

To assist State Foresters or equivalent agencies in sustainable forest management on nonindustrial private forest lands. Program may include agreements with other agencies or organizations to serve as a third party to deliver parts of FLEP. Program may include technical assistance to develop management plans for NIPF lands; educational programs and assistance to increase the awareness and land owner ability to manage forests sustainably; and cost-share assistance to implement sustainable forestry practices on the ground.

Who is eligible to apply...

State Forestry or equivalent State agencies. All States, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and Guam and other territories and possessions of the United States that may be eligible.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Not applicable

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Established by each State forestry agency.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Established by each State forestry agency.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

FLEP is authorized in the Public law 107-171 which is in effect until September 30, 2007. Deadlines for use of funds within a State will be determined by each State forestry agency.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Established by each State forestry agency.

Preapplication Coordination

Each State must prepare a State Priority Plan that is concurred in by the FS Regional, Area, or Institute Responsible Official before any funds can be disbursed. A management plan must be prepared before a landowner is eligible for cost-share assistance, except where the practice is development of a management plan.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

Start with the State Forestry agency, through the FS Regional, Area or Institute Official, with final decisions by the Chief of the Forest Service if no decision is made at a lower level.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Established by each State forestry agency.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Landowners and managers of nonindustrial private forest lands, non-profit organizations, consultant foresters, universities, other State, local and private organizations and agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State officials or other official representatives.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

States and Territories may receive between $1,100 and $832,000 based on allocation criteria used for FY 03.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

FY 03 $20,000,000; FY 04 not available; and FY 05 not available.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

Treasury Symbol 122/71105

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Funding is for programs by State forestry agencies and others as set forth in Uses and Use Restrictions.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Benefits of the regulations include cost sharing to improve forest management on nearly 610,000 acres, owned by more than 7800 landowners. Technical assistance on sustainable forest practices will be provided to more than 1.1 million acres of forestland, and nearly $8 million will be provided to improve landowner awareness and understanding of sustainable forestry principles and practices. These accomplishments will result in additional carbon sequestration, improved wildlife habitat, improved soil and water quality, and sustainable forest conditions.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Most grants to the State forestry agency are approved when the State Priority Plan has been approved and funds are available.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Electronic transfers of payments are encouraged. Electronic transfer of funds from the Forest Service to the State forestry agencies typically occurs quarterly.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Public law 107-171 establishes the criteria to distribute funds. All criteria are considered at the national and regional level to distribute funds to the States. There are no matching requirements for the State to receive funds. Cost-share payments to NIPF land owners and managers may not exceed 75%. Each State forestry agency determines the amount of funds any land owner may receive. Each State forestry agency will request their funds electronically from the Forest Service Regional, Area or Institute office and funds will be sent to each State electronically.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Each State forestry agency is required to submit annual accomplishment report on the program. Any grants, cooperative agreements or other instrument used to award funds will each require a report on the accomplishment and use of funds.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Use of all funds will have to meet Federal and State audit requirements.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation. All grantees need to maintain adequate systems for collecting and recording statistical data. All records for agreements using any FLEP funds will be maintained in the State forestry agency office for a minimum of 10 years.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Public Law 107-171.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Forest Service Manual ? Titles 3300, Chapter 3310, Section 3314; ?The Principal Laws Relating to USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs? as amended March 2003, FS-758; and the Final Interim Rule, 36 CFR Part 230, Subpart C.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Refer to the web site below for Regional and Area State and Private Forestry offices of the Forest Service and for addresses and telephone numbers of Regional Foresters and Area Director of the Forest Service. http://www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: