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Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP)


Private Sector Forester. Training. Fall 2003. Avon. Schenectady. Cortland. Fayetteville ... Resources and Program Objectives. Program Authority and Guidance ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP)

Private Sector Forester Training Fall
2003 Avon Schenectady Cortland Fayetteville 3.5
SAF CFE Credits
  • Objectives
  • Resources and Program Objectives
  • Program Authority and Guidance
  • Technical Assistance resources goals
  • Educational Assistance goals tools
  • Financial Assistance cost sharing
  • Whos who
  • Eligibility
  • Approved Practices
  • Reimbursement procedure
  • Evaluation and CFE certificates

Objectives Why are we here?
  • Understand program authority
  • Learn about the balance of program
  • Technical assistance (DEC and private sector)
  • Educational assistance (Cornell, NYFOA, DEC)
  • Cost share (DEC and NYWS)
  • Understand landowner eligibility requirements
  • Discuss FLEP practices and cost share procedures

FLEP Resources
  • Private Sector Forester Handbook (provided)
  • Regional DEC Field Offices
  • Foresters FLEP handbook (provided)
  • Priority plan
  • FAQ (provided)
  • Landowners Guide (provided)
  • Transaction Application (provided)
  • Other educational materials

FLEP Goals
  • To promote sustainable forest management on NIPF
  • Secretary of Agriculture to provide financial
    support to State Foresters
  • Balanced program Technical, Educational and
    Financial Assistance

FLEP Background
  • Federal - Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of
    1978 as amended by the Farm Security and Rural
    Reinvestment Act of 2002 (PL 107-171)
  • Interim and Final Rule - Federal rule provides
    details of program administration consistent with
  • State Priority Plan (
    developed by State Forester State Forest
    Stewardship Coordinating Committee

State Priority Plan
  • Roles Responsibilities
  • State program Administration
  • Technical Assistance
  • Educational Assistance
  • Financial Assistance Cost share
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Application
  • Authorized Practices

Technical Assistance
  • 17 FTE of DEC Service Foresters
  • 2 FTE FLEP Foresters (Cornell DEC)
  • 100s FTE private sector foresters
  • Assist with technical skills for landowners
  • Provide one-on-one learning
  • Feed back for refining program delivery
  • Cost-share activities plus additional landowner
    activity (ice storm 33 additional action)

Educational Assistance
  • Create awareness and interest
  • Complemented by broader education program
  • Landowner knowledge
  • Willingness to try new techniques
  • Receptive to adoption of new techniques
  • (see handout on educational program summary)

Roles and Responsibilities forCost Share
  • 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
  • Have LFSP prepared
  • Install FLEP practice within approval period per
    practice plan
  • Submit cost documentation to DEC Service Rep.
  • Maintain practice
  • Disbursement Administrator
  • Obligate funds and remit C/S to landowners upon
    DEC Service Rep. Authorization
  • Maintain financial and accomplishment records

Cost-share eligibility requirements
  • Non industrial private forest landowner
  • five (5) contiguous acres or more of forest land
    or land suitable for establishment of forest
  • Landowner Forest Stewardship Plan (FLEP 2 10)
  • treatment of not more than a total of 50 acres of
    land annually
  • Cap of 5,000 in FLEP cost share payments
    annually or 25,000 in total through 2007
  • without regard to race, color, religion, national
    origin, age, sex, disability, political belief,
    sexual orientation, or marital or family status

Landowner Forest Stewardship Plans
  • State format adopted October 2000
  • Must be current (within planning horizon 10
    years) to be eligible to request financial
  • Approved by DEC
  • FLEP 1 for preparation of new plans or enhancing
    other plans to LFSP format

Authorized Practices
  • High Priority practices
  • FLEP 1 Landowner Forest Stewardship Planning
  • FLEP 3 Forest Stand Improvement
  • FLEP 5 Water Quality Improvement and Watershed

Medium Priority Practices
  • FLEP 2 Reforestation and Afforestation
  • FLEP 6 Fish and Wildlife Habitat
  • FLEP 7 Forest Health and Protection
  • FLEP 8 Invasive Species Control


Low Priority Practices
  • FLEP 10 Fire and Catastrophic Risk Rehabilitation

Practices not available in New York
  • FLEP 4 Agroforestry
  • FLEP 9 Fire and Catastrophic Risk Reduction
  • FLEP 11 Special Practices

Practice plans
  • Detailed information to enable land owner to
    install practice properly
  • Prepared by private sector or DEC forester (LFSP
  • LFSP may include all detailed information,
    separate practice plan not necessary
  • Criteria to help determine proper installation
  • Include available publications,
    specifications,diagrams, etc.

Application Process
  • Landowner to submit Application / Transaction
    form to DEC Service Rep.
  • Approved LFSP required for FLEP 2-10
  • Practice plan required
  • DEC Service Rep.- authorize obligation of funds
    to Disbursement Administrator
  • Disbursement Administrator informs LO to commence
    installation of practice

  • LO reports completion to DEC Service Rep. with
    cost documentation
  • DEC Service Rep. certifies satisfactory
    installation authorizes C/S payment
  • Disbursement Administrator remits C/S payment to
  • LO maintains practice for 10 years
  • POA should follow NYS guidelines

Approval Period
  • Practice may not be started before approval
  • Approval period 6 months
  • Approval period up to 12 months for selected
    practices planting components
  • Up to 6 month extension justification submitted
    15 days prior to termination date
  • Landowner to report completion with cost
    documentation to DEC Service Rep.
  • Maintain practice

Cost Documentation
  • C/S 75 or 50 of actual cost not to exceed cap
  • Landowner to provide bills, invoices, etc to DEC
    Service Rep. with completion report
  • Landowner may submit LO work log to document in
    kind service
  • FLEP 3 Tree designation detailed or separate
    invoice to differentiate from other costs
    associated with harvest activity

FLEPPromote sustainable forest management
activities on NIPF lands with educational,
technical and financial assistance.
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