Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR), Western Fire Managers (WFM) & Community Protection Program (HFR) Grants

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL)


Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 22, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Idaho

Location of residency: Idaho

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Overview:

General Information

Funds for these programs come from the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) branch to address urban to rural forest conservation, protection and enhancement needs as identified in Idaho’s Forest Action Plan. IDL works to ensure that federal dollars are invested in locally supported projects that address issues of national importance and provide meaningful, lasting, and measurable outcomes.

Idaho’s Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) and Western Fire Manager (WFM) applications compete for funds within each respective program with seventeen western states and five Pacific island territories. HFR applications compete with states in Forest Service Regions 1 & 4.

Landscape Scale Restoration Grants

IDL seeks Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) projects that address local or statewide forest resource issues, along with goals and strategies in Idaho’s Forest Action Plan (FAP). Projects must address significant issues, landscapes of concern, and focus on conserving working forests, protecting forests from harm, and/or enhancing public benefits from trees and forests. 

Innovative projects are sought that integrate various programs (e.g., Forest Health, Urban & Community, Stewardship, Fire) and partners and cross any combination of ownership, management or jurisdictional boundaries. Cross-boundary projects are encouraged as they expand project outcomes at watershed, regional and state levels. For example, within a watershed or Priority Landscape Area, multiple landowners and organizations might work together to do any combination of the following:

  • Assess needs and develop plans (e.g., Landscape Scale and landowner Forest Stewardship Plans, and watershed action plans, identify appropriate tree seed sources for various climate scenarios)
  • Conduct actions or treatments on a landscape scale to increase and maintain vegetation diversity and resilience over time. This includes actively managing urban and rural forests for goods and ecosystem services. (e.g. treatments to improve and/or restore forest health, recreational opportunities, water resources, riparian areas, wildlife habitat; reduce wildfire, noxious weeds, development pressure and impacts from undesignated recreation)
  • Address community health benefits from trees or issues such as stormwater, air quality, energy use, or invasives
  • Provide education and outreach to train landowners or organizations.(e.g. workshops, statewide surveys to assess landowner attitudes and targeted marketing to increase statewide forest landowner participation)

Other projects might include working with local and state governments to affect policy changes, develop plans, or conduct statewide training. All projects should include an outreach or educational component that increases a relevant audiences’ understanding about the issue being addressed through the project work. Examples of successful cross-boundary projects are available here.

Western Fire Managers And HFR Grants

IDL is seeking pre-proposals for projects that mitigate risk within Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas. Proposals should address issues identified in County Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), the broad goals within Idaho’s Forest Action Plan, and demonstrate collaborative interagency planning and implementation coupled with citizen ownership. Emphasis is on hazard fuel reduction, restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems, and mitigation education within the WUI, and County Wildfire Protection Planning

The types of allowed projects focus on achieving this goal through:

  • Reducing Hazardous Fuels and Restoring Fire-adapted Ecosystems;
  • Improving Mitigation Education in the Interface; and 
  • Planning to include CWPP’s and any updates.

HFR projects must be on non-federal land, align with, and be adjacent to Forest Service hazard fuel reduction projects. All HFR projects are only for reducing hazardous fuels/restoring fire-adapted ecosystems

Funding Request Amount 

Projects that utilize approximately $240,000 in grant funds are desired. If funded, payments are on a reimbursement basis (after work is successfully completed and paid for by recipient)

Project Time Frame 

One to three years

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible Applicants
    • LSR , WFM and HFR grants: state and local agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions
  • Project Purpose & Location
    • LSR should address local or statewide forest resource issues, and broad goals and strategies in Idaho’s Forest Action Plan within the project’s priority landscape area.
    • WFM and HFR projects must be listed in county’s CWPP.
    • Collaboration among multiple entities on the project is important and encouraged
  • Eligible Lands
    • While project work can occur on all lands, grant funds can only be used for activities on non-federal lands.
    • Project coordination with the USDA Forest Service and other public land management agencies is encouraged.
  • Budgets

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Activities
    • Work on federal land, research and any construction activities are not eligible for grant funding.
      • (Construction includes new or improved structures, roads, bridges and culverts, even if in connection to a thinning or restoration project. If these activities are part of the overall project, they can be used as project leverage.)
    • WFM and HFR Grants exclude individual homeowner defensible space, maintenance on previous federally funded fuels projects, preparedness and suppression capacity building (e.g. purchase of fire department equipment), small business start-up funding, and GIS/database development.