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2018 Wildland Urban Interface Grant

Grants to New Mexico Agencies, Tribes,
and Pueblos to Reduce Wildfire Hazards

GrantWatch ID#: 181938
Agency Type:

State

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

09/05/17 4:30 PM MDT

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Grants to New Mexico government agencies, tribes, and pueblos to plan or implement projects to mitigate hazardous fuels that create wildfire risk. Funding will support projects in wildland/urban interface areas with an emphasis on information, education, community and homeowner action, and hazardous fuel reduction.

Types of expenditures eligible for coverage by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior National Fire Plan in 2018 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 Wildland Urban Interface (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 Firewis® 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).

Grant Criteria: Qualifying Project Types

1) Reduce Hazardous Fuels / Restore Fire-adapted Ecosystems in the wildland urban interface (WUI):

Fuel reduction projects and vegetation treatments have been identified as a means of mitigating wildfire hazards. Recipients shall facilitate and implement mitigating fuel treatments in or adjacent to identified fire prone communities to reduce the threat of wildfire to communities. These are projects that remove or modify fuels in and/or adjacent to WUI development. Effective fuels mitigation treatments can be implemented across jurisdictional boundaries, on adjoining private lands, or within the respective communities. Projects of this type include fuel breaks, thinning, pruning, landscape modifications, etc. 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. Another 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. Project proposals must consider all elements required to implement treatments on the ground, which includes acquiring the necessary permits and consultations needed to complete plans and assessments, as well as treatment prescriptions and measures of success.

Examples of projects that qualify (not all inclusive):
-Defensible space around homes and structures
-Shaded fuel breaks
-Fuels reduction beyond defensible space adjacent to WUI areas
-Removal of slash including piling and burning; mulching; grinding; etc.
-Prescribed fire
-Thinning
-Maintenance of non-federally funded fuels projects (explain in application narrative)
-Monitoring components of projects for effectiveness

2) Improve Prevention/Education in the Interface:

Recipients can provide leadership to coordinate, develop, and distribute wildland urban interface education programs in association with insurance companies, communities, local government agencies, and other partners. Informational and educational projects must target mitigation of risk and prevention of loss. Projects should lead to the use or establishment of one or more fire program elements such as fire safety codes, implementation of Firewise safety practices, establishing local fire safe councils, and fuels treatments within fire prone communities. Projects should be concise and clearly demonstrate deliverables and measures of success of prevention/education activities.

Examples of projects that qualify (not all inclusive):

-Firewise or similar programs
-Living with Fire newspaper inserts
-Fire education components to Project Learning Tree
-Pamphlets, brochures, handouts

3) Planning:

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (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 (HFRA) minimum requirements for a CWPP are: 1) Collaboration (must be developed with community members, local and state government representatives in collaboration with federal agencies and other interested stakeholders), 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). Planning projects or components of projects may also include Forest Action Plan updates or accomplishments of the Cohesive Wildfire Strategy Goals.

Examples of projects that qualify (not all inclusive):

-Creation of/or update to CWPP/hazard mitigation plans or equivalent document.

Note: If applying for funds to update an existing CWPP be sure to address the following in your application:

-Accomplishments: Explain what projects identified in the original CWPP have been completed.

-Collaboration: Identify new partners and stakeholders along with updated contact information.

-Prioritized Fuel Reduction: Identify and prioritize new hazardous fuels reduction projects, the method of treatments to be employed, and how these projects address any changes to the community objectives and values at risk.

-Treatment of Structural Ignitability: Explain new or additional measures to be implemented to reduce homeowner and/or community ignitability of structures.

-Priority projects listed in existing CWPPs covering the above criteria.

The Division plans to award multiple contracts as a result of this Request for Applications (RFA).

Each Application is limited to $300,000. EMNRD encourages communities that are new to the program and small projects under $75,000 to apply.

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.

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.

Examples of Projects that DO NOT Qualify (not all inclusive):
-Maintenance on previous federally funded fuels projects
-Preparedness and suppression capacity building; such as purchase of fire department equipment (try VFA, DHS and FEMA grant programs)
-Small business start-up funding
-Research and development projects (try Economic Action Program)
-GIS and database systems that are not related to the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment
-Construction/Infrastructure (building remodel, bridges, road construction, water development)

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 must be submitted by September 5, 2017 at 4:30 PM MDT.

The Division shall rank New Mexico Applications and submit them to the WWFPC Grant Committee, which shall make Application selections in mid-October 2017.

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

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

Andrew Frederick, Resource Management Bureau Chief
(505) 476-3343
AndrewG.Frederick@state.nm.us

EMNRD
Forestry Division
Wendell Chino Bldg.
1220 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, N.M., 87505

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