Request for Competitive Project Pre-Proposals Related to Water Quality

Deadline: June 15, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service (FS) and National Association of State Foresters (NASF) are seeking demonstration project proposals specifically designed to highlight how flexible funding invested in forestry activities across State and Private Forestry (SPF) programs can make a cost effective difference on-the-ground with regard to water quality.

Up to six projects totaling $500,000 may be selected fro funding. Pre-proposals should be submitted via the three Regional Executive Directors. Projects will be used to define performance measures across S&PF programs by providing transparency on spatial display, budget, and leverage match to develop better outcomes.

At this time, we are requesting pre-proposals from stat forestry agencies within each NASF Region (not to exceed one-page) that reflect the following guidance:

PURPOSE – To display how a particular investment in forestry will lead to a specific, quantifiable, cost effective, replicable benefit to water quality in a particular area over a defined period of time, by using a combination of programs and authorities.

  • Use Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act Authorities
  • Respond to the National Themes of Conserve, Protect and Enhance
  • Specifically demonstrate the link to priorities identified in State Forest Action Plans
  • Demonstrate how authorities chosen will maximize benefits to water by working in concert
  • Assist in developing performance measures that could be used across S&PF programs in the future (Includes the ability to aggregate data, needs, priorities and accomplishments from various sources that all contribute to the performance measure(s))
  • Provide a spatial display of project activities and their benefits on a landscape scale
  • Display budget and leverage (match)
  • Display how flexible funding can lead to better outcomes
  • Demonstrate a quantifiable difference in water quality based on the best available science-based tools such as i-tree and INFOREST

Note: this is not about doing research or collecting and analyzing data (though an outcome that identifies science needs is appropriate) Funding may also be made available to document projects that have already been implemented in order to quantify benefits and costs associated with specific projects that meet the above criteria. Pre-proposals should be submitted via Regional Executive Directors to Paul Ries at by June 15, 2013.

Submitters of successful pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal via the appropriate regional template currently used for SPF Competitive project proposals. A team of FS and state forestry representatives will review submissions and make funding recommendations to the Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry.

Questions regarding this process can be directed to the Regional Executive Directors, Ian MacFarlane (202-526-4804/, Caitlyn Pollihan (303-445-4363)/, Wib Owen (919-779-6091)/( or to Associate Deputy Chief Paul Ries at 202-205-1657.