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Proposals for Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership sought

Contact:
Mindi Rambo, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.378.5720

BOISE, Idaho, September 14, 2018 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS) and United States Forest Service (USFS) are seeking proposals to mitigate wildfire threats to landowners and communities through the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership. This partnership between NRCS and USFS helps improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet. The deadline for proposals in Idaho is Oct. 10.

The Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP) leverages funding and resources from both the public and private sectors with an eye towards providing America’s private land owners with tools and assistance that improve their agricultural operations. This helps ensure the long term success of these landscape level efforts.

“Strategic investments across landscapes, such as those projects funded by the Joint Chiefs partnership, help create resilient forests, grasslands and watersheds while sustaining communities,” said Curtis Elke, state conservationist for NRCS in Idaho. “Treating lands to reduce wildfire threats is a smart investment that will protect vast areas of land and potentially save of millions of taxpayer dollars over the long term.”

Proposals for JCLRP projects submitted on the proper form by Oct. 10 to the appropriate NRCS or USFS personnel will be evaluated and selected for funding based on their merit. The following criteria will be considered during the evaluation process by a joint NRCS and USFS committee:

  • Alignment with USDA priorities
  • Support for Idaho state and regional priorities
  • Clarity of goals, deliverables, and desired outcomes
  • National Environmental Policy Act requirements are complete for work on public lands
  • Partner support and involvement (non-federal contributions to the project will strengthen the application).
  • Proposals must include, at minimum, a combinations of activities on private land, national forest system and Idaho state land.
  • Proposed activities must include land treatments, education, outreach, and coordination activities on public, state, tribal and private land.
  • Projects may be up to three years in length. However, allocations are made on an annual basis and there is no guarantee of funding for subsequent years.

Successful proposals will be designed to measurably improve the health and resiliency of forest and/or rangeland ecosystems, while contributing community benefits.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please visit your local NRCS field office to speak with the District Conservationist about the program and to get a copy of the proposal template.

“By leveraging the technical and financial resources of both NRCS and the Forest Service, this coordinated effort is helping to restore lands across large landscapes regardless of whether they are on public or private lands,” Elke said.

Past Projects include:

Upper North Fork Project: Idaho’s Upper North Fork is a great example of a project that provides a big benefit for a small investment. Fires often spread from private property onto public lands where they are difficult to control and become wildfires. The fix is to stop fires at the point where they start, before they have a chance to spread. However, many private landowners do not have the technical knowledge or funds to treat hazardous fuels on their property. This project targets private lands where fires have a high probability of starting and adjacent National Forest lands where they will initially spread. Treating fuels in these areas is relatively inexpensive and protects a vast area of public land. Implementing this simple solution would be unlikely without coordination among the partners. 

Curlew National Grasslands Area Restoration Project: The Curlew Area Restoration Project in Idaho consists of several multifaceted and interrelated projects planned for the Curlew National Grassland and adjacent private lands. These projects were developed to improve watershed and natural resource conditions while benefitting local farmers, ranchers, and the general public. Activities will improve public safety, improve water quality and aquatic habitat, increase riparian and wetland habitat, remove invasive plants, protect sagebrush habitat, improve grazing and farming practices, improve recreation opportunities and increase public awareness about restoration activities.


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