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8801 Notices Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 31 Wednesday, February 15, 2012 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program Forest Service, USDA. Request for applications. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe or allotment lands, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access. DATES: Application deadline is May 15, 2012 for submitting applications to the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe and June 14, 2012 for State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe submitting the applications to the Forest Service. ADDRESSES: All local governments’ and qualified nonprofit organizations’ applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where the property is located. All Indian tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent official of the Indian tribe. The Forest Service encourages SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Boundary Establishment for Sturgeon National Wild and Scenic River; Hiawatha National Forest; Delta County, MI Forest Service, USDA. Notice of availability AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with Section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary of the Sturgeon National Wild and Scenic River to Congress. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information may be obtained by contacting Jim Ozenberger, Recreation Program Manager, Hiawatha National Forest, 900 US 2 St. Ignace, MI 49781 Telephone 906–643–7900 x 157. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Sturgeon Wild and Scenic River boundary is available for review at the following offices: USDA Forest Service, Office of the Chief, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20024; USDA Forest Service, Eastern Region, Suite 800, 626 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53202 and; Hiawatha National Forest, 2727 North Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829. A detailed legal description is available upon request. The Michigan Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Pub. L. 102–249) of March 3, 1991, designated the Sturgeon River, Michigan, as a National Wild and Scenic River, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture. As specified by law, the boundary will not be effective until ninety days after Congress receives the transmittal. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Dated: February 8, 2012. Jo Reyer, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2012–3492 Filed 2–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–HE–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:09 Feb 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 applicants to contact and work with their State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe when developing their proposal. The State Forester’s contact information may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/ programs/loa/cfp.shtml. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the grant application or administrative regulations, contact Kathryn Conant, Program Manager, 202–401–4072, kconant@fs.fed.us or Maya Solomon, Program Coordinator, 202–205–1376, mayasolomon@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CFDA number 10.689: To address the goals of Section 7A of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2103d), the Forest Service is requesting proposals for community forest projects that protect forest land that has been identified as a national, regional, or local priority for protection and to assist communities in acquiring forestland that will provide public recreation, environmental and economic benefits, and forest-based educational programs. Detailed information regarding what to include in the application, definitions of terms, eligibility, and necessary prerequisites for consideration can be found in the final program rule, published October 20, 2011 (76 FR 65121–65133), which is available at www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/ cfp.shtml and at www.grants.gov (Opportunity number CFP–FS– 1002011). Grant Application Requirements 1. Eligibility Information a. Eligible Applicants. A local governmental entity, Indian Tribe (including Alaska Native Corporations), or a qualified nonprofit organization that is qualified to acquire and manage land, as defined at § 230.2 of the final rule. Individuals are not eligible to receive funds through this program. E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 8802 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 31 / Wednesday, February 15, 2012 / Notices b. Cost Sharing (Matching Requirement). All applicants must demonstrate a 50 percent match of the total project cost. The match can include cash, in-kind services, or donations, which shall be from a nonFederal source. Additional requirements and information are found in § 230.6 of the final rule at www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/ programs/loa/cfp.shtml. c. DUNS Number. All applicants shall include a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in their application. For this requirement, the applicant is the entity that meets the eligibility criteria and has the legal authority to apply and receive the grant. For assistance in obtaining a DUNS number at no cost, call the DUNS number request line 1–866–705–5711 or register on-line at http:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform. d. Central Contractor. Prospective awardees shall register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to award and remain registered, during performance, and through final payment of any grant resulting from this solicitation. Further information can be found at www.ccr.gov. For assistance, contact CCR Assistance Center 1–866– 606–8220. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Award Information Total CFP funding anticipated for awards made under this program is $1.35 million. Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000. Awarding of grants under this program is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds. If additional funds are appropriated for CFP in 2012, the Forest Service will award additional projects from this solicitation with the additional funds. No legal liability on the part of the Government shall be incurred until appropriated funds are available and committed by the grant officer for this program to the applicant in writing. The initial grant period shall be for 2 years, and acquisition of lands should occur within that timeframe. The grant may be reasonably extended by the Forest Service when necessary to accommodate unforeseen circumstances in the land acquisition process. Written annual financial performance reports and semi-annual project performance reports shall be required and submitted to the appropriate grant officer. 3. Application Information Application submission. All local governments and qualified nonprofit organizations’ applications must be submitted to the State Forester where the property is located by May 15, 2012. All Indian tribal applications must be VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:09 Feb 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 submitted to the equivalent official of the Indian tribe by May 15, 2012. The State Forester’s contact information may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/ coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration. All State Foresters and equivalent officials of the Indian tribes must forward applications to the Forest Service by June 14, 2012. 4. Application Requirements The following section outlines grant application requirements: a. The application can be no more than eight pages long, plus no more than two maps (eight inches by eleven inches in size), the grant forms specified in (b), and the draft community forest plan specified in (d). b. The following grant forms and supporting materials must be included in the application: (1) An Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); (2) Budget information (Standard Form SF 424c—Construction Programs); and (3) Assurances of compliance with all applicable Federal laws, regulations, and policies (Standard Form 424d— Construction Programs). c. Documentation verifying that the applicant is an eligible entity and that the land proposed acquisition is eligible lands (see § 230.2 of the final rule). d. Applications must include the following, regarding the property proposed for acquisition: (1) A description of the property, including acreage and county location; (2) A description of current land uses, including improvements; (3) A description of forest type and vegetative cover; (4) A map of sufficient scale to show the location of the property in relation to roads and other improvements as well as parks, refuges, or other protected lands in the vicinity; (5) A description of applicable zoning and other land use regulations affecting the property; (6) A description of relationship of the property within and its contributions to a landscape conservation initiative; and (7) A description of any threats of conversion to non-forest uses, including any encumbrances on the property that prevent conversion to nonforest uses. e. Information regarding the proposed establishment of a community forest, including: (1) A description of the benefiting community, including demographics, and the associated benefits provided by the proposed land acquisition; PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2) A description of community involvement to-date in the planning of the community forest acquisition and of community involvement anticipated long-term management; (3) An identification of persons and organizations that support the project and their specific role in establishing and managing the community forest; and (4) A draft community forest plan. The eligible entity is encouraged to work with the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe for technical assistance when developing or updating the Community Forest Plan. In addition, the eligible entity is encouraged to work with technical specialists, such as professional foresters, recreation specialists, wildlife biologists, or outdoor education specialists, when developing the Community Forest Plan. f. Information regarding the proposed land acquisition, including: (1) A proposed project budget (section § 230.6 of the final program rule); (2) The status of due diligence, including a signed option or purchase and sale agreement, title search, minerals determination, and appraisal; (3) Description and status of cost share (secure, pending, commitment letter, etc.). Section § 230.6 of the final rule; (4) The status of negotiations with participating landowner(s) including purchase options, contracts, and other terms and conditions of sale; (5) The proposed timeline for completing the acquisition and establishing the community forest; and (6) Long term management costs and funding source(s). g. Applications must comply with the Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations (7 CFR Part 3015). h. Applications must include the forms required to process a Federal grant. Section § 230.7 refers to the grant forms that must be included in the application and the specific administrative requirements that apply to the type of Federal grant used for this program. 5. Forest Service’s Project Selection Criteria a. Using the criteria described below, to the extent practicable, the Forest Service will give priority to applications that maximize the delivery of community benefits, as defined in the final rule (see § 230.2 of the final rule).; and b. The Forest Service will evaluate all applications received by the State Foresters or equivalent officials of the E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 31 / Wednesday, February 15, 2012 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Indian tribe and award grants based on the following criteria: (1) Type and extent of community benefits provided, including to underserved communities. Community benefits are defined in the final program rule as: (i) Economic benefits such as timber and non-timber products; (ii) Environmental benefits, including clean air and water, stormwater management, and wildlife habitat; (iii) Benefits from forest-based experiential learning, including K–12 conservation education programs; vocational education programs in disciplines such as forestry and environmental biology; and environmental education through individual study or voluntary participation in programs offered by organizations such as 4–H, Boy or Girl Scouts, Master Gardeners, etc.; (iv) Benefits from serving as replicable models of effective forest stewardship for private landowners; and (v) Recreational benefits such as hiking, hunting and fishing secured through public access. (2) Extent and nature of community engagement in the establishment and long-term management of the community forest; (3) Amount of cost share leveraged; (4) Extent to which the community forest contributes to a landscape conservation initiative; (5) Extent of due diligence completed on the project, including cost share committed and status of appraisal; (6) Likelihood that, unprotected, the property would be converted to nonforest uses; and (7) Costs to the Federal Government. 6. Grant Requirements a. Once an application is selected, funding will be obligated to the grant recipient through a grant. b. Local and Indian Tribal Governments should refer to 2 CFR part 225, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A–87) and 7 CFR part 3016 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments) for directions. c. Nonprofit organizations should refer to 2 CFR part 215 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations (OMB Circular A–110) and 7 CFR Part 3019 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Organizations for directions. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:09 Feb 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 d. Forest Service must approve any amendments to a proposal or request to reallocate funding within a grant proposal. If negotiations on a selected project fail, the applicant cannot substitute an alternative site. e. The grant recipient must comply with the requirements in section § 230.8 in the final rule before funds will be released. f. After the project has closed, as a requirement of the grant, grant recipients will be required to provide the Forest Service with a Geographic Information System (GIS) shapefile: a digital, vector-based storage format for storing geometric location and associated attribute information, of CFP project tracts and cost share tracts, if applicable. g. Any funds not expended within the grant period must be de-obligated and revert to the Forest Service. h. All media, press, signage, and other documents discussing the creation of the community forest must reference the partnership and financial assistance by the Forest Service through the CFP. i. Additional conditions of the grants awarded under this program are found in section § 230.9 of the final rule. Dated: December 21, 2011. Robin L. Thompson, Associate Deputy Chief, State & Private Forestry. [FR Doc. 2012–3528 Filed 2–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Vessel and Gear Marking. OMB Control Number: 0648–0373. Form Number(s): NA. Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Number of Respondents: 8,937. Average Hours Per Response: Vessel marking, 45 minutes; gear marking (per each type of gear per vessel), 15 minutes. Burden Hours: 7,936. Needs and Uses: This request is for an extension of a current information collection. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 8803 Under current regulations at 50 CFR 635.6, fishing vessels permitted for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) must display their official vessel numbers on their vessels. Flotation devices and high-flyers attached to certain fishing gears must also be marked with the vessel’s number to identify the vessel to which the gear belongs. These requirements are necessary for identification, law enforcement, and monitoring purposes. Specifically, all vessel owners that hold a valid HMS permit under 50 CFR 635.4, other than an HMS Angling permit, are required to display their vessel identification number. Numbers must be permanently affixed to, or painted on, the port and starboard sides of the deckhouse or hull and on an appropriate weather deck, so as to be clearly visible from an enforcement vessel or aircraft. Furthermore, the owner or operator of a vessel for which a permit has been issued under § 635.4 and that uses handline, buoy gear, harpoon, longline, or gillnet, must display the vessel’s name, registration number or Atlantic Tunas, HMS Angling, or HMS Charter/ Headboat permit number on each float attached to a handline, buoy gear, or harpoon, and on the terminal floats and high-flyers (if applicable) on a longline or gillnet used by the vessel. The vessel’s name or number must be at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height in block letters or Arabic numerals in a color that contrasts with the background color of the float or high-flyer. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482–0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Dated: February 9, 2012. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–3433 Filed 2–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 15, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8801-8803]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3528]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space 
Conservation Program

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Request for applications.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, State 
and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, requests applications 
for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community 
Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby 
local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes 
are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through 
fee simple acquisition of private forest land. The purpose of the 
program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land 
from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such 
as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including 
clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based 
educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective 
forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public 
access.
    Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private 
forest that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural 
vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be 
threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held in trust 
by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe or allotment lands, 
and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community 
benefits under CFP and allow public access.

DATES: Application deadline is May 15, 2012 for submitting applications 
to the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe and 
June 14, 2012 for State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian 
tribe submitting the applications to the Forest Service.

ADDRESSES: All local governments' and qualified nonprofit 
organizations' applications must be submitted to the State Forester of 
the State where the property is located. All Indian tribal applications 
must be submitted to the equivalent official of the Indian tribe. The 
Forest Service encourages applicants to contact and work with their 
State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe when 
developing their proposal. The State Forester's contact information may 
be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml.
    All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us 
to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the grant 
application or administrative regulations, contact Kathryn Conant, 
Program Manager, 202-401-4072, kconant@fs.fed.us or Maya Solomon, 
Program Coordinator, 202-205-1376, mayasolomon@fs.fed.us.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four 
hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    CFDA number 10.689: To address the goals of Section 7A of the 
Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2103d), the 
Forest Service is requesting proposals for community forest projects 
that protect forest land that has been identified as a national, 
regional, or local priority for protection and to assist communities in 
acquiring forestland that will provide public recreation, environmental 
and economic benefits, and forest-based educational programs.
    Detailed information regarding what to include in the application, 
definitions of terms, eligibility, and necessary prerequisites for 
consideration can be found in the final program rule, published October 
20, 2011 (76 FR 65121-65133), which is available at www.fs.fed.us/spf/
coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml and at www.grants.gov (Opportunity number 
CFP-FS-1002011).

Grant Application Requirements

1. Eligibility Information

    a. Eligible Applicants. A local governmental entity, Indian Tribe 
(including Alaska Native Corporations), or a qualified nonprofit 
organization that is qualified to acquire and manage land, as defined 
at Sec.  230.2 of the final rule. Individuals are not eligible to 
receive funds through this program.

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    b. Cost Sharing (Matching Requirement). All applicants must 
demonstrate a 50 percent match of the total project cost. The match can 
include cash, in-kind services, or donations, which shall be from a 
non-Federal source. Additional requirements and information are found 
in Sec.  230.6 of the final rule at www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/
loa/cfp.shtml.
    c. DUNS Number. All applicants shall include a Data Universal 
Numbering System (DUNS) number in their application. For this 
requirement, the applicant is the entity that meets the eligibility 
criteria and has the legal authority to apply and receive the grant. 
For assistance in obtaining a DUNS number at no cost, call the DUNS 
number request line 1-866-705-5711 or register on-line at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
    d. Central Contractor. Prospective awardees shall register in the 
Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to award and 
remain registered, during performance, and through final payment of any 
grant resulting from this solicitation. Further information can be 
found at www.ccr.gov. For assistance, contact CCR Assistance Center 1-
866-606-8220.

2. Award Information

    Total CFP funding anticipated for awards made under this program is 
$1.35 million. Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000. 
Awarding of grants under this program is contingent upon the 
availability of appropriated funds. If additional funds are 
appropriated for CFP in 2012, the Forest Service will award additional 
projects from this solicitation with the additional funds.
    No legal liability on the part of the Government shall be incurred 
until appropriated funds are available and committed by the grant 
officer for this program to the applicant in writing. The initial grant 
period shall be for 2 years, and acquisition of lands should occur 
within that timeframe. The grant may be reasonably extended by the 
Forest Service when necessary to accommodate unforeseen circumstances 
in the land acquisition process. Written annual financial performance 
reports and semi-annual project performance reports shall be required 
and submitted to the appropriate grant officer.

3. Application Information

    Application submission. All local governments and qualified 
nonprofit organizations' applications must be submitted to the State 
Forester where the property is located by May 15, 2012. All Indian 
tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent official of the 
Indian tribe by May 15, 2012. The State Forester's contact information 
may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml.
    All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us 
to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.
    All State Foresters and equivalent officials of the Indian tribes 
must forward applications to the Forest Service by June 14, 2012.

4. Application Requirements

    The following section outlines grant application requirements:
    a. The application can be no more than eight pages long, plus no 
more than two maps (eight inches by eleven inches in size), the grant 
forms specified in (b), and the draft community forest plan specified 
in (d).
    b. The following grant forms and supporting materials must be 
included in the application:
    (1) An Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424);
    (2) Budget information (Standard Form SF 424c--Construction 
Programs); and
    (3) Assurances of compliance with all applicable Federal laws, 
regulations, and policies (Standard Form 424d--Construction Programs).
    c. Documentation verifying that the applicant is an eligible entity 
and that the land proposed acquisition is eligible lands (see Sec.  
230.2 of the final rule).
    d. Applications must include the following, regarding the property 
proposed for acquisition:
    (1) A description of the property, including acreage and county 
location;
    (2) A description of current land uses, including improvements;
    (3) A description of forest type and vegetative cover;
    (4) A map of sufficient scale to show the location of the property 
in relation to roads and other improvements as well as parks, refuges, 
or other protected lands in the vicinity;
    (5) A description of applicable zoning and other land use 
regulations affecting the property;
    (6) A description of relationship of the property within and its 
contributions to a landscape conservation initiative; and
    (7) A description of any threats of conversion to non-forest uses, 
including any encumbrances on the property that prevent conversion to 
nonforest uses.
    e. Information regarding the proposed establishment of a community 
forest, including:
    (1) A description of the benefiting community, including 
demographics, and the associated benefits provided by the proposed land 
acquisition;
    (2) A description of community involvement to-date in the planning 
of the community forest acquisition and of community involvement 
anticipated long-term management;
    (3) An identification of persons and organizations that support the 
project and their specific role in establishing and managing the 
community forest; and
    (4) A draft community forest plan. The eligible entity is 
encouraged to work with the State Forester or equivalent official of 
the Indian tribe for technical assistance when developing or updating 
the Community Forest Plan. In addition, the eligible entity is 
encouraged to work with technical specialists, such as professional 
foresters, recreation specialists, wildlife biologists, or outdoor 
education specialists, when developing the Community Forest Plan.
    f. Information regarding the proposed land acquisition, including:
    (1) A proposed project budget (section Sec.  230.6 of the final 
program rule);
    (2) The status of due diligence, including a signed option or 
purchase and sale agreement, title search, minerals determination, and 
appraisal;
    (3) Description and status of cost share (secure, pending, 
commitment letter, etc.). Section Sec.  230.6 of the final rule;
    (4) The status of negotiations with participating landowner(s) 
including purchase options, contracts, and other terms and conditions 
of sale;
    (5) The proposed timeline for completing the acquisition and 
establishing the community forest; and
    (6) Long term management costs and funding source(s).
    g. Applications must comply with the Uniform Federal Assistance 
Regulations (7 CFR Part 3015).
    h. Applications must include the forms required to process a 
Federal grant. Section Sec.  230.7 refers to the grant forms that must 
be included in the application and the specific administrative 
requirements that apply to the type of Federal grant used for this 
program.

5. Forest Service's Project Selection Criteria

    a. Using the criteria described below, to the extent practicable, 
the Forest Service will give priority to applications that maximize the 
delivery of community benefits, as defined in the final rule (see Sec.  
230.2 of the final rule).; and
    b. The Forest Service will evaluate all applications received by 
the State Foresters or equivalent officials of the

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Indian tribe and award grants based on the following criteria:
    (1) Type and extent of community benefits provided, including to 
underserved communities. Community benefits are defined in the final 
program rule as:
    (i) Economic benefits such as timber and non-timber products;
    (ii) Environmental benefits, including clean air and water, 
stormwater management, and wildlife habitat;
    (iii) Benefits from forest-based experiential learning, including 
K-12 conservation education programs; vocational education programs in 
disciplines such as forestry and environmental biology; and 
environmental education through individual study or voluntary 
participation in programs offered by organizations such as 4-H, Boy or 
Girl Scouts, Master Gardeners, etc.;
    (iv) Benefits from serving as replicable models of effective forest 
stewardship for private landowners; and
    (v) Recreational benefits such as hiking, hunting and fishing 
secured through public access.
    (2) Extent and nature of community engagement in the establishment 
and long-term management of the community forest;
    (3) Amount of cost share leveraged;
    (4) Extent to which the community forest contributes to a landscape 
conservation initiative;
    (5) Extent of due diligence completed on the project, including 
cost share committed and status of appraisal;
    (6) Likelihood that, unprotected, the property would be converted 
to non-forest uses; and
    (7) Costs to the Federal Government.

6. Grant Requirements

    a. Once an application is selected, funding will be obligated to 
the grant recipient through a grant.
    b. Local and Indian Tribal Governments should refer to 2 CFR part 
225, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments 
(OMB Circular A-87) and 7 CFR part 3016 (Uniform Administrative 
Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local 
Governments) for directions.
    c. Nonprofit organizations should refer to 2 CFR part 215 Uniform 
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with 
Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit 
Organizations (OMB Circular A-110) and 7 CFR Part 3019 Uniform 
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with 
Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Nonprofit 
Organizations for directions.
    d. Forest Service must approve any amendments to a proposal or 
request to reallocate funding within a grant proposal. If negotiations 
on a selected project fail, the applicant cannot substitute an 
alternative site.
    e. The grant recipient must comply with the requirements in section 
Sec.  230.8 in the final rule before funds will be released.
    f. After the project has closed, as a requirement of the grant, 
grant recipients will be required to provide the Forest Service with a 
Geographic Information System (GIS) shapefile: a digital, vector-based 
storage format for storing geometric location and associated attribute 
information, of CFP project tracts and cost share tracts, if 
applicable.
    g. Any funds not expended within the grant period must be de-
obligated and revert to the Forest Service.
    h. All media, press, signage, and other documents discussing the 
creation of the community forest must reference the partnership and 
financial assistance by the Forest Service through the CFP.
    i. Additional conditions of the grants awarded under this program 
are found in section Sec.  230.9 of the final rule.

    Dated: December 21, 2011.
Robin L. Thompson,
Associate Deputy Chief, State & Private Forestry.
[FR Doc. 2012-3528 Filed 2-14-12; 8:45 am]
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