Collaborative Forest Restoration Program – Request for 2017 Grant Applications

ALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM – January 9, 2017 – The USDA Forest Service is seeking grant applications for forest restoration projects on public and tribal lands in New Mexico by 5 PM, MST, Thursday, February 23, 2017.    

“Approximately $3 million will be awarded under the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program this year in New Mexico,” said Southwestern Regional Forester Cal Joyner.  “The Forest Service will provide grants of up to $360,000 for projects that will be implemented in four years or less.”

The program encourages diverse organizations to collaborate on the design, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects on public and tribal lands.  Grant money is available for projects on federal, tribal, state, county or municipal lands in New Mexico.

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 NEPA planning, landscape assessments or Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

Tribes, state and local governments, educational institutions, private landowners, conservation organizations, non-profit groups, and other interested public and private entities are encouraged to apply. 

“Last year the Forest Service awarded $3.5 million for 11 CFRP grants,” said Joyner.  “A technical advisory panel reviewed the applications and made recommendations to us on the applications that best met the objectives of the program.” 

For questions regarding the Program or to develop project applications, please contact one of the following program coordinators in your area:

Forest, City         Coordinator        Phone Email
Carson, Taos Raul Hurtado 575-758-6344
Cibola, Albuquerque Ian Fox 505-346-3814
Gila, Silver City Julia F. Rivera 575-388-8212
Lincoln, Alamogordo Mark Cadwallader 575-434-7375
Santa Fe, Santa Fe Reuben Montes 505-438-5356

The Forest Service will be sponsoring grant writing workshops throughout New Mexico for those interested in learning more about the program and the application process.  Workshops will be held January 4 in Taos, January 5 in Santa Fe, January 10 in Alamogordo and Ruidoso, January 11 in Silver City, and January 20 in Albuquerque.  Contact the program coordinators listed above for more details.  Information is also available at the Southwestern Region website at