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Forest Restoration Program Panel Seeks Applicants - Santa Fe National Forest

​​Panel Members Sought - Santa Fe National Forest

The Southwestern Region of the Forest Service is seeking applicants for the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel. This panel will evaluate proposals for federal grant funding to conduct forest restoration treatments on public land and utilize small diameter trees. Panel applications are due to the Forest Service by September 1, 2015.

The panel will include a New Mexico natural resources official; at least two representatives from federal land management agencies; at least one tribal and/or pueblo representative; at least two independent scientists experienced in forest ecosystem restoration; and equal representation from conservation, local communities, and commodity interests.

The Technical Advisory Panel will review project proposals for wildfire threat reduction; ecosystem restoration, including non-native tree species reduction; reestablishment of historic fire regimes; reforestation; small diameter tree use; and the creation of forest-related local employment. The grant proposals must include a broad and diverse group of stakeholders and may occur on federal, tribal, state, county, or municipal forest land.

Application materials and other information on the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program can be found on the program website at .