SILVICULTURE ROUND 29 PROGRAM UPDATE
As a follow-up to the November 9, 2009 announcement by the Hon. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, the Forestry Futures Trust Committee hosted teleconference sessions (November 10, 2009) to provide information regarding the special Silviculture Round 29: Silviculture Job Stimulus Program. The Committee presented the key aspects of the application process, evaluation criteria, and answered any questions related to this initiative.
Is the usual expected Applicant contribution being sought?
- No. For this special FFT Silviculture Round 29 only, applicant contributions are not mandatory.
Are projects that only include site preparation and growing next year’s stock costs eligible?
- No. Projects in their entirety must be completed by March 31, 2011. The purpose is to generate jobs within this year.
Are these “new funds” or are they regular Forestry Futures Trust funds?
- These are new funds being deposited on a one-time basis into FFT from Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Forestry.
Would prescribed burns replacing mechanical site preparation be considered an “incrementality” project?
- No. Replacing mechanical site preparation with a prescribed burn is not considered an intensification of treatment.
Will projects with remote access be eligible?
- The application needs to demonstrate a commitment to protection and tending if required, in order survival of planted stock; this is more common where good access occurs.
Will there be a special weighting for jobs created?
- Yes, number of person days of employment generated is an important component of this special Silviculture Round.
- Sound silvicultural merit is equally important.
Do we us the regular FFT Silviculture application forms?
- No. A streamlined application and reporting process has been developed and are posted on this website (www.forestryfutures.ca).
Are Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) letters of endorsement required for both types of eligible projects (i.e. 1. projects identified on areas on natural disturbance, 2. projects identified on areas that were originally scheduled for basic renewal activities)
- Yes. Letters from MNR confirming the status of areas are required for both types of projects.
Do fall planting projects qualify for funding?
- Yes these projects qualify but the application should identify the risks and past successes of using this type of treatment in the area.
Is tending eligible?
- No. Tending is not included for this special FFT Silviculture Round 29. Planting is the focus of the initiative. Projects that include tending could be eligible for funding under a regular FFT Silviculture Round.
Can required stock be grown within the required timeframe?
- Yes. 12-16 weeks are needed for mid-June plants. Applicants, if required, can swap existing stock for current crop providing they commit to producing a replacement crops this year.
How do you estimate person weeks of employment generated for inclusion in the application?
- Applicants should work with the silviculture provider to generate the best estimate of person weeks of employment generated
Can applicants only include areas identified in the Forest Management Plan (FMP)/Annual Work Schedules (AWS)?
- Some areas may already be identified but some areas may require AWS revisions or FMP amendments. MNR has committed to this initiative and will fully support any requirements of this program.
Do applicants need to involve the Sustainable Forest Licence holders?
- Eligible applicants for intensification projects are the SFL holder or MNR Districts that have responsibility for forest management on their areas
- Eligible applicants for treating naturally disturbed are any MNR district or SFL holders.
- MNR will be eligible to apply for Forestry Futures Trust funds to tend these established stands in futures.
Could this special FFT Silviculture Job Stimulus Round potentially replace normally scheduled 2010 renewal activities?
- The intent of this program is to supplement/enhance the existing silviculture program planned for 2010. Regularly scheduled silviculture activities should proceed.
Clarification: Fall plants are eligible.
Please include a statement in your application that point to the
success of fall plants in your region.
SILVICULTURE ROUND 29 PROGRAM UPDATE
Please note that for this special Silviculture Round 29, re-imbursement invoices will be paid to the proponent (SFL holder or MNR) OR directly to the contractor if requested by the proponent.
Please keep checking Forestry Futures Trust website for updates on this special Stimulus Silviculture Round.