New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department: Hazardous Fuel Treatments
The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) is seeking applications for the implementation of the 2019 Hazardous Fuel Treatments on Non-Federal Lands to reduce the fire threat to New Mexico’s communities. The following requirements apply to proposed projects:
- Projects must complement hazardous fuel reduction on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands in high priority areas such as those identified in Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) or equivalent collaborative plans.
- If applicants submit projects that occur on private land that include specific properties (i.e., if applicants name a private property landowner in the application), those private landowners must have been competitively procured prior to including them in the application.
- Projects shall reference the adjacent USFS project and identify potential impacts to state or private lands that are to be mitigated using these granted funds.
- Projects must show collaboration and consultation between local USFS officials and community leaders. The adjacent National Forest must be involved in project planning and implementation. All proposed projects need to contribute to strengthen the partnership between the state, USFS, and affected communities.
- Projects require the completion of the appropriate environmental documentation.
- Applicants shall provide spatial data depicting the area where hazardous fuel activities were accomplished.
- All proposed projects must be within an approved CWPP and listed as a priority project area.
- More emphasis will be placed on projects that are adjacent to federal projects identified in a CWPP and that involve collaboration with project partners.
- Funding priority is for private, tribal, and pueblo lands, then state or other non-federal lands, such as county and municipal-owned lands, as well as lands managed by Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
- All proposed projects must: a) benefit a community-at-risk listed in the 2016 Communities at Risk Plan; b) incorporate socio-cultural values and promote the economic well-being of the area (i.e., use of local thinning contractor, material used by either local business or within the regional area, etc.); and c) include a maintenance plan.
Amount: Not specified. Projects must be completed within two years. Matching funds are not required; however, the Division encourages the use of non-federal funds or in-kind contributions.
Eligibility: Governmental entities, including tribal and pueblo governments, that are surrounded by hazardous forest fuels, which pose a threat in the event of a wildland fire.
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