New Jersey Community Forestry Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Grant
Grant awards will be made on a first come first serve basis for municipalities and counties to hire a forestry professional to cut and reduce fuel loads on an active Southern Pine Beetle infestation within their boundaries. Communities can commence project work after initial approval of application.
Purpose of Funding
To assist municipalities and counties in implementing Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) suppression.
Source of Funding
The New Jersey Community Forestry Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Suppression Grant is a grant program developed and administered by the New Jersey Forest Service utilizing federal grant funds.
N.J.S.A. 13:1L-1 et. seq. and N.J.S.A. 13: 1D-9
Who is Eligible
Municipalities or counties with approved Community Forestry Management Plans or working towards an approved Community Forestry Management Plan, and have an active SPB infestation.
Qualifications Required for Consideration
Projects must implement some type of fuel reduction strategy such as the cut and salvage suppression technique. Grant funds are for the cutting of SPB infested trees and non-infested trees directly related to the SPB suppression effort. Grant funds will not be utilized for preventative measures such as pesticide applications or forest thinning projects.
Awarded grants will be paid as reimbursement after the work is completed, inspections are made, the work meets the requirement and industry standards, a grant agreement is established, and the invoices are submitted with documented match.
The SPB Suppression grants are being funded from a USDA Forest Service grant. The maximum grant amount that will be awarded to a municipality or county will be $24,000.
Applicants may or may not be required to provide a matching contribution, depending on the funding available. If a matching contribution is required, it can come from in-kind services (volunteer work counts) and/or payments made. The contributions must equal 100% or more of the State’s contribution or be equal to 50% or more of the total project amount. The matching contribution must be from sources other than the federal government.
Application procedures are explained in the CWPP template.
For More Information or to Request an Application, Contact
Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
State Forestry Services
Mail Code 501-04 Po Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420