Forest Restoration Workshops

LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST HOSTS COLLABORATIVE FOREST RESTORATION WORKSHOPS IN DECEMBER

Alamogordo, NM (November 21, 2011) – The Lincoln National Forest will host Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) workshops during the month of December.  In Fiscal Year 2012, the USDA Forest Service expects to distribute approximately $3 million through cost share grants to implement forest restoration projects on public lands in New Mexico.  Projects must be designed through a collaborative process that includes affected communities and stakeholders.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • Ruidoso – Monday, December 12, Smokey Bear District Fire Operations Building
  • Carlsbad – Tuesday, December 13, location TBD
  • Cloudcroft – Thursday, December 15, Sacramento Ranger District Office

All workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a break for lunch around noon.  Participants will learn about the CFRP, review the 2012 application, network with potential collaborations, and have questions answered.

“We encourage our area tribes, state and local governments, educational institutions, private landowners, conservation organizations, non-profit groups, and other interested public and private entities  to participate in these workshops so they can successfully apply for this funding,” said Lincoln National Forest Supervisor Robert Trujillo.

By working together to apply for these grants, small business owners, conservation and environmental groups, community groups, tribes, universities and other organizations can help reduce the threat of wildfire, improve forest and watershed conditions, and bring jobs and job training to local communities.

Applications should reflect local and traditional knowledge in developing creative ways to reduce the number and density of small diameter trees on public lands.  Proponents are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that facilitate landscape scale, multi-jurisdictional efforts such as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning, landscape assessments, or Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

To RSVP or for additional information on the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program please contact Peg Crim at (575) 434-7200 or pcrim(at)fs.fed.us, or for more information on the CFRP visit the website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp.