Forest Stewardship 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 #: 10.678

Purpose of this program:

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.

Possible 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.

Who is eligible to apply...

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.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

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:

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).

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 Regional and Area Offices.

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...


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.

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

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

Preapplication Coordination

Regional and Area Offices provide States and territories with program funding advice each year for the current fiscal year.

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.


Not applicable.

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).


SF-424(A) with SF-424 application is required to amend the grant amount or length of commitment. Other requirements may be established by the Regional or Area Office.

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 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.

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

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

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.


FY 03 $32,012,000; FY 04 est $31,884,000; and FY 05 40,069,200.

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


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 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.

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...

Program performance measures are number of Landowners assisted, Forest Stewardship plans completed, and number of corresponding acres encompassed by plans. For FY 2002, these accomplishments were 185,699 landowners assisted, 18,102 plans, and 1,640,000 acres.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

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

Assistance considerations...

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.

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.

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...


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

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.


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

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).


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.

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.



Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-313; Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, as amended, 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 3000 and 3200 and the Forest Stewardship Program National Standards and Guidelines. OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-87, as amended by 7CFR Part 3016, are applicable to State and Local Government grantees.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office, Forest Service Regions 1 & 4 (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT)) Dee Sessions USDA Forest Service Federal Building, 324 25th Street Ogden, UT 84401 Phone: 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 PO BOX 25127 Lakewood, CO 80225 Phone: 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 Phone: (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 Phone: 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 PO Box 3623 Portland, OR 97208 Phone: 503-808-2355 FAX: 503-808-2339 E-mail: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 907-271-2550. FAX: 907-271-2897 E-mail:

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

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

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: