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Forest Stewardship Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Forest Stewardship Program


Federal Agency




Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-313; Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, as amended, Public Law 107- 171.






To promote and enable the long-term active management of non-industrial private and other non-federal forest land to sustain the multiple values and uses that depend on such lands.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

To provide financial, technical, educational, and related assistance to State foresters or equivalent State officials for: The delivery of information and professional assistance to owners of nonindustrial private forest lands; The afforestation, reforestation and active management of state and other non-federal forest land; and Improved forest seedling production and distribution.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State forestry or equivalent State agencies, tribes, non-profits, and municipalities are eligible. All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and territories and possessions of the United States may be eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Landowners of non-federal lands, non-profit organizations, tribes and other State, local, and private agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State officials, or other official representatives are eligible.


Not applicable.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Regional and Area Offices provide States and territories with program funding advice each year for the current fiscal year. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

States and other eligible applicants prepare grant proposal narratives for submittal to Regional and Area Offices, accompanied by completed standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB circular No. A-102, as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3016 (i.e., SF-424).

Award Procedure

Established by Regional and Area Offices.


States and eligible applicants are requested to submit Form SF-424(A) with SF- 424 application and other required narratives, forms and assurances as advised by the Regional and Area Offices within 10 to 60 days following official funding advice notification.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 10 to 60 days after the application is filed with the Forest Service Regional or Area Office.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula and Matching Requirements: Applicant matching requirements are determined by Regional and Area Offices. Matching funds cannot come from other federal sources.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Electronic transfers of grant reimbursement payments to States and other program participants is encouraged. Funds are transferred to States and participants, following the submittal of financial and narrative progress reports to Regional and Area offices as requested. Grants are normally awarded for a period of 12 to 18 months.


Post Assistance Requirements


Periodic and annual accomplishment and financial reports are required, by Regional and Area Offices. These reports must accompany all grantee cost-share reimbursement requests.


Program grant recipients are subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.


State and other grant recipients and Regional and Area Offices must retain records pertaining to grant payments received for a minimum period of five years. State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $40,069,200; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25,000 to $2,000,000. Average: $450,000.


Program Accomplishments

Program performance measures are number of Landowners assisted, Forest Stewardship plans completed, and number of corresponding acres encompassed by plans.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Forest Service Manual Titles 3000 and 3200 and the Forest Stewardship Program National Standards and Guidelines. OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A- 87, as amended by 7 CFR Part 3016, are applicable to State and Local Government grantees.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Office: Forest Service Regions 1 & 4 (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT)) Dee Sessions USDA Forest Service Federal Building, 324 25th Street Ogden, UT 84401. Telephone: (801) 625-5189; Fax: (801) 625-5127; E-mail:; Forest Service Region 2 (Rocky Mountain) (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY) Susan Gray, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 25127 Lakewood, CO 80225. Telephone: (303) 275-5239 Fax: (303) 275-5754; E-mail:; Forest Service Region 3 (Southwestern Region) (AZ, NM); George Martinez, USDA Forest Service, 517 Gold Ave., S.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102. Telephone: (505) 842-3229; Fax: (505) 842- 3800; E-mail:; Forest Service Region 5 (Pacific Southwest Region) (CA, HI); Sandra Stone, USDA Forest Service 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592. Telephone: (707) 562-8918; Fax: (707) 562-9054; E-mail: Forest Service Region 6 (Pacific Northwest Region) (OR, WA) Ray Abriel USDA Forest Service 333 SW First Ave P.O. Box 3623 Portland, OR 97208. Telephone: (503) 808-2355; Fax: (503) 808-2339; Email: Region 8 (Southern Region) (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA) David Hoge USDA Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Road, NW, Ste. 8508 Atlanta, GA 30367. Telephone: (404) 347- 1649; Fax: (404) 347-2776; E-mail:; Northeastern Area (CT, DE, IL, IN, IA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV) Mark Buccowich USDA Forest Service 11 Campus Blvd., Ste. 200 Newtown Square, PA 19073. Telephone: 610-557-4029; Fax: (610) 557-4136; E-mail:; Region 10 (Alaska Region) (AK); Steve Bush, USDA Forest Service, 3301 C Street, Suite 522 Anchorage, AK 99503. Telephone: (907) 271-2550; Fax: (907) 271-2897 E-mail:

Headquarters Office

Karl R. Dalla Rosa, Forest Stewardship Program Manager, Forest Service, State and Private/Cooperative Forestry, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090- 6090. Telephone: (202) 205-6206.

Web Site Address


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Examples of Funded Projects

Funding is for private and non-federal landowner assistance, and supporting programs that are developed and carried out by State forestry agencies or other eligible applicants as described in the USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS section above.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicant grant proposals are reviewed, and funds are granted by Regional and Area Offices.


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