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An educator s guide to the forest land enhancement program flep in new york

An Educator’s Guide to the Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP) in New York

www.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/forestrypage

Source:

Cornell Cooperative Extension &

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


Outline

Outline

  • Program Description and Objectives

  • Program Authority and Guidance

  • Technical Assistance – resources & goals

  • Financial Assistance – cost sharing

    • Who’s who

    • Eligibility

    • Approved Practices

    • Reimbursement procedure

  • Educational Assistance – goals & tools


2002 farm bill

2002 Farm Bill

  • Signed May 13, 2002

  • Goals: Agricultural

    • Produce food and fiber

    • Steward agric lands and waters

    • Market farm products

    • Enhance rural economy

    • Research for efficiency and innovation

    • 9 “titles”


Title viii forestry

Title VIII - Forestry

  • Defines The Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP)

  • State-level implementation

  • USFS administers through state forestry agency (NYS DEC)


Why flep

Why FLEP?

  • Private forest lands important to the nation and NY

  • History of federal programs in support of private forests

    • SIP, FIP, etc.


How does flep work

How Does FLEP Work?

State Priority Plan (www.dec.state.ny.us) developed by State Forester & State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee

  • Balanced Program

    • Cost Share Assistance

    • Technical Assistance

    • Educational Programming

  • $100 million nationally over 5 years


What will flep accomplish

What Will FLEP Accomplish?

Improve the practice of sustainable forestry on private lands by enhancing and restoring forest resources.

Specifically….

  • Improve forest tending and reforestation efforts

  • Enhance timber and non-timber resources (wildlife), water and air quality, riparian zone effectiveness

  • Minimize and mitigate risks of insects and disease, invasive species, and damaging weather


Cost share practices

Cost-Share Practices

FLEP Practice: % cost-share (Priority H = high, M = Medium, L = Low)

# 1 - Forest Stewardship Planning: 75% (H)

# 2 -Afforestation or Reforestation: 50% (M)

# 3 - Forest Stand Improvement: 75% (H)

# 4 - Agroforestry Implementation

# 5 - Water Quality Improvement 75% (H)

# 6 - Fish and Wildlife Habitat Improvement 50% (M)


Cost share practices continued

Cost-Share Practices Continued

  • # 7 - Forest Health Practices: 75% (M)

  • # 8 - Invasive Species Control 50% (M)

  • # 9 - Wildfire and Catastrophic Risk Reduction

  • # 10 - Wildfire and Catastrophic Event Rehabilitation 50% (L)

  • # 11 - Special Practices:


Cost share assistance

Cost-Share Assistance

Goal – provide financial assistance, through reimbursement, as incentive to initiate appropriate forestry practices

  • DEC pre-approval required

  • Specific practices emphasized

  • 50% or 75% maximum reimbursement - through NYFOA (NYWS)

  • 6 month window for completion


Roles and responsibilities for cost share assistance

Roles and Responsibilities forCost Share Assistance

  • “DEC Service Representative” (service forester)

    • Prepare LFSP & practice plans

    • Approve LFSP on behalf of State Forester

    • Conduct needs & compliance for C/S requests –authorize obligation of funds and C/S payments

  • “Service Representative” (private forester)

    • Prepare LFSP & Practice plans

    • Provide professional services to landowners to implement sustainable forestry practices


Landowner qualifications

Landowner Qualifications

  • Non-industrial private forest

  • 5 acre min. ownership (practices have thresholds)

  • Must have a “Landowner Forest Stewardship Plan” (LFSP) for the tract, Oct 2000 standards

  • Plans cost-shared for tracts up to 1000 acres


Landowner qualifications1

Landowner Qualifications

  • Treat up to 50 acres per year ($5,000 in FLEP cost share payments annually or $25,000 in total through 2007)

  • Maintain practice for 10 years

  • Advance approval of practice by DEC


Steps for cost share

Steps for Cost-Share

  • Application

  • DEC approval and submission

  • Funds obligated, paid upon completion

  • Without funds

    • Notification of short-fall

  • 6 month window for completion(1 potential extension for unique circumstances)


  • Technical assistance

    Technical Assistance

    Goal – provide guidance to private forest owners on technical issues.

    • Assist with technical skills for landowners

    • Provide one-on-one learning

  • DEC Service Foresters

  • FLEP Foresters (Cornell & DEC)

    • Potsdam and Allegheny

  • Private Sector Foresters


  • Educational assistance

    Educational Assistance

    Goal – increase awareness among landowners and foresters to opportunities within FLEP (Cornell, NYFOA, DEC)

    • Education is the 2nd greatest motivator for landowner activity (behind tax reform)

    • Multiple activities

    • Widespread awareness vs. focused skill/attitude enhancement

    • Through Cornell’s Forestry Extension program


    Educational development for forest owners

    Educational Development for Forest Owners

    • Awareness of opportunities

      • FLEP, neighbors, FO, newsletters, brochures, press release

    • Interest – who can help with what

      • MFO, FO, articles, workshops, etc.

    • Evaluate and Learn

      • Service Foresters, field days, workshops, demo

    • Try and Adopt

      • Sustainable Forestry & Stewardship are in-grained


    Education program activities

    Education Program Activities

    • Press release

    • FLEP brochure

    • Web page

    • MFO refresher and training

    • Woods walks

    • Forester training

    • Conferences/workshops

    • Township presentations


    Educator s role

    Educator’s Role

    • Be aware of FLEP details

    • Be aware of other Farm Bill programs

    • Meet foresters in your area

      • Share what you can do, collaborate on woodswalks, etc.

    • Conduct educational events (FLEP and “expanded”)


    Flep resources

    FLEP Resources

    • Education Program Summary

    • Frequently Asked Questions

    • FLEP Practices Comparison Chart

    • Landowner’s Guide

    • Working with Foresters

    • FLEP Application

    • Powerpoint Presentations

      • Landowners

      • Education program

      • Foresters

      • Educators (today’s presentation)


    Questions comments discussion

    Questions ?Comments ?Discussion ?


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