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Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Projects

Grants to New Mexico Agencies, Tribes, and
Pueblos to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires

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New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) - Forestry Division

Deadline Date:

08/17/18 4:30 PM MDT

Description:

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Grants to New Mexico government agencies, tribes, and pueblos in eligible locations to mitigate the threat of wildfires. Program goals include improved prevention, reduction of hazardous fuels, restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems, and the promotion of community assistance.

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Forestry Division (Division) is seeking Applications for the planning and implementation of hazardous fuels mitigation projects that will reduce the fire threat in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas in New Mexico. Funding will be awarded through a competitive process administered by the Western Wildland Fire Protection Committee (WWFPC), with emphasis on hazardous fuel reduction, information and education, and community and homeowner action. The Division plans to award multiple contracts as a result of this Request for Applications (RFA).

The Division may consider projects not funded through the WWFPC process for other federal and state hazardous fuels reduction funding that may become available.

Types of expenditures eligible for coverage by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior National Fire Plan in 2019 include labor, supplies, travel, and materials.

Applications shall consider all elements required to implement on the ground treatments, including assessment/scoping, planning, information/education, implementation/treatment, monitoring/evaluation, and acquisition of the necessary permits and consultations to complete the project.

The 10-year Comprehensive Strategy of the National Fire Plan focuses on assisting people and communities in WUI areas to moderate the threat of catastrophic fire through the four broad goals of improving prevention and suppression, reducing hazardous fuels, restoring fire-adapted ecosystems, and promoting community assistance. This funding opportunity provides successful Applicants financial assistance for hazardous fuels and educational projects furthering those four goals.

The Division shall evaluate and prioritize Applications on a competitive basis addressing one or more of the following goals. These goals may be complementary to one another. Applicants are encouraged to identify local needs and submit Applications using one or a combination of the WWFPC goals listed below. Needs in any community depend on local fuels, topography, organization, public knowledge of the issues, and the will to address the issues.

Goal #1 – Improve Prevention:

Reduce the risks to homes and private property through expanded outreach and education about wildfire prevention through the use of programs such as Firewise. Homeowners and local governments bear much of the responsibility for improving the defensibility of homes in the interface, but may lack the knowledge and information regarding what needs to be done and how to do it. Additionally, they may lack the experience and expertise to deliver educational outreach programs to individuals and communities. Types of projects include: development, printing, and distribution of fire prevention educational materials by partnering between homeowners, communities, insurance companies, and government agencies; “Living with Fire” newspaper inserts; fire education components to Project Learning Tree; and the Firewise® programs.

Goal #2 – Reduce Hazardous Fuels:

Fuel reduction projects and vegetation removal projects, such as those that remove or modify fuels in or adjacent to WUI development treatments, have been identified in a CWPP as a means of mitigating wildfire hazards. Effective fuels mitigation treatments can be implemented across jurisdictional boundaries, on adjoining projects on state, federal, and private lands or within the respective communities. The overall purpose is to modify or break up the fuels in such a way as to lessen catastrophic fire and its threat to public and firefighter safety and damage to property. RFA responses shall consider all elements required to implement treatments on the ground, including acquiring the necessary permits, consultations needed to complete plans and assessments, and inspections of treatments. Types of projects include: defensible space around homes and structures, shaded fuel breaks, fuels reduction beyond defensible space, and slash removal (including piling, burning, mulching, grinding, etc.)

Goal #3 – Restore Fire-Adapted Ecosystems:

Millions of acres of forest and rangeland face high risks of catastrophic fire due to deteriorating ecosystem health and drought. One way to prevent future large, catastrophic wildfires from threatening communities is by carrying out appropriate treatments (such as prescribed burning or thinning) to restore and rehabilitate forest and grassland health in and adjacent to the WUI. Such treatments have reduced the severity of wildfires, and may have additional desirable outcomes, such as providing sustainable environmental, social, and economic benefits. Projects require planning, consultation, design, and sometimes contracting and may take several years to fully implement. Monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of treatments is usually necessary. Types of projects include: fuels reduction beyond defensible space; removal of slash (including piling and burning, mulching, pruning and grinding); general thinning; prescribed fire; and promoting the establishment of native plants.

Goal #4 – Promote Community Assistance:

Creating conditions in and around individual structures that will limit the transmission of fire from wildfire to structures is basic to reducing the fire hazard in the WUI and is the responsibility of homeowners and communities. Types of projects include: homeowner association sponsored fuels reduction projects; municipal, fire district, or county coordination of slash disposal; and multi-jurisdictional hazard reduction projects.

EMNRD will give priority to activities that tie back to an established CWPP. CWPPs are created by local communities and may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, structure protection, or a combination of the above. The process of developing these plans can help a community clarify and refine its priorities for the protection of life, property, and critical infrastructure in the wildland-urban interface. The Healthy Forest Restoration Act minimum requirements for a CWPP are: 1) Collaboration (must be developed by local, state, and tribal government representatives in collaboration with federal agencies and other interested parties); 2) Prioritized Fuel Reduction (plan must identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommend the types and methods of treatment); and 3) Treatment of Structural Ignitability (must recommend measures that homeowners and communities can take to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed in the plan). A copy of the CWPP handbook can be found at http://www.safnet.org/policyandpress/cwpphandbook.pdf

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174883

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each application is limited to $300,000. EMNRD encourages communities that are new to the program, as well as smaller projects under $75,000 to apply.

Term of Contract:

The contract period shall extend from the date of contract approval by EMNRD for two years, with a possible extension of one year, if the successful Applicants show substantial progress.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants are governmental entities, including tribes and pueblos, which are located within an existing approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or Forest Action Plan area, and which are surrounded by hazardous forest fuels that pose a threat in the event of a wildland fire.

Purchases of land, equipment, and buildings are not eligible expenditures.

Pre-Application Information:

Nationally, 25% of available grant funds may be awarded to new projects. Successful Applicants must provide a non-federal cash or in-kind match of 50%.

Applications are due to the address listed below no later than 4:30 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time, August 17, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Andrew Frederick, State Timber Management Officer
EMNRD, Forestry Division
Wendell Chino Building
1220 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Phone: (505) 476-3343
Email: andrew.frederick@state.nm.us

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico