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Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry FY2012 Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry Competitive Allocation RFP Northeastern Area.

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1 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry FY2012 Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry Competitive Allocation RFP Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

2 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Why a Competitive RFP?  Meets legal requirement in 2008 Farm Bill  Flexibility for State Foresters and partners to pursue outcomes related to State Forest Action Plans  Transparent, efficient, credible, and collaborative process  Supports well-informed allocation decisions

3 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: What is Different for 2012?  A combined RFP, not a single RFP  Combines 3 funding sources: Redesign, Forest Fire Hazard Mitigation, & Forest Health Management and Treatments  Each source has its own review criteria and ranking panel  Proposals submitted under ONLY one RFP category

4 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: What is the Same for 2012?  A process to ALLOCATE Federal dollars-- NOT a competitive grants program  NA works with State Foresters throughout the decision process  Meets priority needs as judged by an interagency review team  Identifies worthy, unmet project needs beyond available dollars

5 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Funding Authorities  Funding authorities this year:  Fire  Forest Health  Forest Stewardship  Urban & Community Forestry Does not include or affect core S&PF program funding

6 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: RFP Combines the Following Previously Separate RFPs:  National S&PF Competitive Resource Allocation (“Redesign” grants)  Forest Fire Hazard mitigation  NA Forest Health Management and Treatments

7 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Excluded from this RFP  Gypsy moth suppression, eradication & Slow the Spread  Oak wilt control, Early Detection/Rapid Response, Evaluation Monitoring, FS Pesticide Impact Assessment Program, and Special Technology Development Projects  Forest Health methods  Purchase of fire department equipment, including fire weather stations

8 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Excluded from this RFP  Purchase & installation of dry fire hydrants  Small business start-up funds  Research and development  Capital improvements (i.e. facilities)  Fire preparedness & suppression capacity building  The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, Wood Education Resource Center, and Forest Legacy grants

9 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Funding Parameters  State can submit unlimited number of proposals  Considers & funds projects of various sizes  Proposals can be submitted under only one RFP category

10 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Funding Parameters  Redesign grants: minimum Federal funding request per project is $25,000  Forest fire hazard mitigation or forest health management and treatment proposals: no minimum project proposal amount.  Maximum amount of Federal funds to any one State is 15% of total funds in the category.

11 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Who Can Submit Proposals?  State Foresters eligible to submit or authorize proposals (pass-through to partners)  State Agriculture agencies or others with State Forest Health Program duties submit proposals through the State Forester or directly with a letter of concurrence from the State Forester  All others must submit proposals through the State Forester

12 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Other Submission Considerations  State Foresters encouraged to submit proposals from cooperators; State Forester decides whether to forward proposals  Cooperators must submit proposals through the State Forester for where the work is to occur  Proposals due December 15

13 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Eligibility  Multistate proposals: Encouraged where appropriate No preferential consideration Need concurrence by all relevant State Foresters  Projects on non-Federal lands  Project length: up to 3 years

14 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Third-Party Pass-Through  Clearly identify pass-through funds to third- party recipients; include organization name, contact info & funding amount  Third-party pass-through funds will count towards the State’s total allocation.

15 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Proposal Requirements To be ranked, applications must meet all of these requirements: A.Link to the State Forest Resource Action Plan, national, and regional priorities B.50/50 matching funds (see Web site) Questions about eligible match: Zaneta Hammond or Lori Gordon C.Appropriate & authorized use of Federal funds

16 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Category I: Redesign RFP  Applicants can “mix” or integrate State and Private Forestry programs, authorities and funds for priority outcomes.  Projects can blend Urban and community forestry; Forest Stewardship, forest health management on cooperative lands; forest health management, National Fire Plan; State Fire Assistance and State Fire Assistance, National Fire Plan.

17 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Criteria for Redesign Proposal Selection 1.Priority issue or threat (25 points) 2.Measurable results and significant outcomes (35 points) 3.Collaboration (20 points) 4.Leverage (20 points)

18 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Category 2: Forest Fire Mitigation Projects that:  Reduce hazardous fuels,  Increase awareness of wildfire prevention and mitigation  Reduce risk and mitigate hazards in communities and on private lands

19 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Criteria for Forest Fire Hazard Mitigation  Forest fire hazard mitigation (25 points)  Relate accomplishments to State Forest Resources Action Plan; identify client benefit (25 points)  Partnerships & collaboration (20 points)  Innovative approach (20 points)  Capacity for replication (10 points)

20 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Category 3: Forest Health Management and Treatments Projects promote sustainable forest management :  Prevent, suppress or eradicate damaging agents  Restore forests after damaging events  Enhance survey and technical assistance not supported by core funds,  Enhance public engagement in forest health management

21 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Category 3: Forest Health Management and Treatments Projects relate to these or other forest health issues: *  Asian longhorned beetle  Emerald ash borer  Hemlock woolly adelgid  Thousand cankers disease  Invasive plants * Multiple-pest concerns or integrated proposals should be submitted to Category 1: Redesign RFP

22 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Criteria for Forest Health Management and Treatment 1.Address a major issue or concern (20 points) 2.Measurable Results/Outcomes (40 points) 3.Collaboration and Partnerships (15 points) 4.Technical soundness (30 points)

23 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Forest Health Treatment Proposals  Proposals that include treatment require form  Support by biological evaluation, any required environmental analyses; work, safety & security plans  Document according to appropriate laws  Document landowner or jurisdiction consent to participate  Funds cannot be used to cut dead trees or trees with commercial value.

24 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Support for Proposal Development  NA Field Representatives and Field Office staff:  New England & New York – Terry Miller,  Mid-Atlantic – Bob Lueckel,  Midwest – Barb Tormoehlen,  Cooperative Fire staff assistance in Newtown Square coordinated through Field Representatives Consult with NA and Field Office staff: it yields better proposals & enhances collaboration during the project

25 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: NA’s Guidance to Staff  Distribute the RFP broadly to established and new partners.  Engage early in the process.  Provide technical support to help state staff write highly competitive proposals.

26 Additional resources can be found on the NA RFP Web site:

27 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Project Submission  Fill out the application form  5-page maximum length (excluding budget tables, project timeline & letters)  Submit in PDF format to  For help with proposals, contact Terry James:

28 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Collaborative Project Selection Steps  Preliminary review: completeness & eligibility  Evaluation & ranking by interagency review team of State and Federal members- including some State Dept. of Agric. Reps for category 3 (forest health).  Ranked list of proposals submitted to the NAASF Exec. Committee & NA Director by March 1  NA Director will work with NAASF Exec. Committee to approve projects

29 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Beyond Project Selection  Funds provided via a grant agreement; standard reporting requirements  Successful applicants must track and report accomplishments and successes  Projects ranked but not funded will be considered if additional funds become available  The list of ranked projects helps NA and NAASF make the case for unmet needs

30 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Feedback  Ongoing feedback is critical to success  Provide comments & suggestions through your Field Representative or directly to Jim Barresi or Ian MacFarlane

31 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Process Evaluation  Recommendations for process changes made to the NAASF Exec. Committee and NA Director by May 1, 2012  NAASF and NA Director will evaluate the RFP process and make appropriate changes for future years

32 Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry NA FY12 RFP Web site: Questions?


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