Opportunity: CFLRP Federal Advisory Committee

February 8, 2022

The USDA Forest Service recently announced a call for nominations for individuals to serve on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) Federal Advisory Committee, charged with evaluating CFLRP proposals and providing recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture. Please see the Federal Register Notice for process and submission details. Applications must be received by March 7, 2022.
Congress created CFLRP in 2009 to invest in landscape-scale restoration to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, enhance forest health, and support rural economies. CFLRP project proposals are developed collaboratively with USDA Forest Service staff and partners and are selected through a competitive process. Program funding supports up to 50% of the costs of implementing and monitoring the proposal on National Forest System lands. 
What does the CFLRP Advisory Committee do? 
The purpose of the Committee is to evaluate, support, and provide recommendations on each nominated CFLRP project to the Secretary of Agriculture for final selections. It is solely advisory in nature.
To this end, the advisory Committee is required to meet annually and may meet as often as is necessary to review and evaluate CFLRP proposals and make recommendations.     
Who can serve on CFLRP Advisory Committee?
The Committee consists of officials from academia; tribal, state, county, or similar agencies; non-government organizations; and related industries. Committee membership is fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented.
Committee members will be appointed based on their expertise and knowledge in the following areas:
o Ecological restoration,
o Fire ecology,
o Fire management,
o Rural economic development,
o Strategies for ecological adaptation to climate change,
o Fish and wildlife ecology, and/or
o Woody biomass and small-diameter tree utilization
Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be followed.
Individuals who may be directly involved in developing a future CFLRP proposal are advised not to apply due to potential conflicts of interest. 
What else do I need to know? 
Committee members will be selected by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Members serve without compensation, but with reimbursement of travel expenses for any in-person travel.  
Committee members will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct as well as a Financial Disclosure Report.
This Committee will expire in 2 years from the date of filing unless renewed.
Please see the CFLRP Advisory Committee webpage for additional details, including current Committee members. 
How can I apply?
Please submit your application as outlined in the Federal Register
Application packets and any additional questions may be emailed to Lindsay Buchanan, CFLR Program Coordinator at [email protected].