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NR 47.03(2) (2)Applications for grants shall be received by the department no later than the close of business on November 1 unless otherwise provided for on the application.
NR 47.03(3) (3)The department shall present applications to the committee for its recommendations.
NR 47.03(4) (4)The department shall evaluate applications to determine which applicants will receive grants according to the standards in this section.
NR 47.03(5) (5)Successful applicants shall be notified by the department in writing and sent a project agreement. Development work under the project agreement may not proceed until the agreement is signed by the department and the applicant.
NR 47.03(6) (6)Project agreements shall include, but not be limited to:
NR 47.03(6)(a) (a) Title and description of project.
NR 47.03(6)(b) (b) Name of project sponsor.
NR 47.03(6)(c) (c) Cost of project.
NR 47.03(6)(d) (d) All rules pertaining to the project.
NR 47.03 Note Note: Applications are available from the Bureau of Forestry, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.
NR 47.03 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92; am. (2), Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99.
NR 47.04 NR 47.04 Grant calculation. The grant under this subchapter shall be 50% of the actual eligible costs as provided in s. NR 47.07.
NR 47.04 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92.
NR 47.05 NR 47.05 Eligible applicants. Natural resource agencies, organizations and others interested in promoting the stewardship management of private nonindustrial forest lands are eligible to apply for a grant under this subchapter.
NR 47.05 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92.
NR 47.06 NR 47.06 Eligible projects; preference.
NR 47.06(1)(1)A project is eligible for funding under this subchapter if the project is capable of and directed towards achieving one or more of the following. Additionally, special emphasis may be placed, on an annual basis, in one of the following areas if designated in the application:
NR 47.06(1)(a) (a) Providing direct technical resource management assistance to landowners.
NR 47.06(1)(b) (b) Developing information and educational materials and programs on multi-resource stewardship management of forest lands for the general public, and especially landowners.
NR 47.06(1)(c) (c) Providing training and education to resource professionals and technicians that assist landowners in the stewardship of their forest lands.
NR 47.06(2) (2)In selecting projects for grant assistance, the department shall give preference to projects which are directed to accomplish one or more of the following. Preference to any area may be weighted based upon the recommendations of the forest stewardship coordinating committee and acceptance by the state forester.
NR 47.06(2)(a) (a) Complementing or continuing projects eligible or approved under this subchapter.
NR 47.06(2)(b) (b) Providing statewide or regional benefits.
NR 47.06(2)(c) (c) Providing education, training and planning to encourage forest landowner participation in forest stewardship.
NR 47.06(2)(d) (d) Improving the public's understanding and awareness of forest stewardship.
NR 47.06(2)(e) (e) Providing multiple resource benefits including, but not limited to, soil conservation, wildlife and fisheries habitat improvement, water quality improvement, endangered resources habitat improvement, aesthetics and non-commercial recreation.
NR 47.06(2)(f) (f) Implementing, complementing and expanding, rather than duplicating existing programs of government agencies and organizations.
NR 47.06(2)(g) (g) Improving forest land management through research.
NR 47.06 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92; am. (1) (intro.) and (2) (intro.), Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99.
NR 47.07 NR 47.07 Eligible and ineligible costs.
NR 47.07(1)(1)Eligible costs. Reasonable and necessary project costs which are consistent with the approved project, as determined by the department and incurred during the project period are eligible for grants. Eligible costs may include, but are not limited to:
NR 47.07(1)(a) (a) Salaries and fringe benefit costs of personnel engaged in the project;
NR 47.07(1)(b) (b) The cost of necessary supplies and equipment used exclusively for project-related purposes over its useful life or the cost of that portion of supplies or equipment used for the project;
NR 47.07(1)(c) (c) The costs of leased equipment and facilities for the length of the project;
NR 47.07(1)(d) (d) The reasonable value of in-kind contributions by the applicant of labor, equipment or facilities as supported by documentation reflecting specific assignment to the project.
NR 47.07(1)(e) (e) Contract costs of qualified vendors to perform project activities.
NR 47.07(2) (2)Ineligible costs.
NR 47.07(2)(a) (a) Costs not directly associated with or necessary for the implementation of the project as determined by the department are ineligible for grants. Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
NR 47.07(2)(a)1. 1. Fines and penalties due to violations of, or failure to comply with, federal, state or local laws or regulations;
NR 47.07(2)(a)2. 2. Ordinary operating expenses of local government applicants, such as salaries and expenses of public officials, that are not directly related to the project;
NR 47.07(2)(a)3. 3. Costs for which payment has been or will be received under another federal or state financial assistance program;
NR 47.07(2)(a)4. 4. Costs incurred in a contract which creates a real or apparent conflict of interest. An apparent conflict of interest arises when an official or employee of a grantee participates in the selection, awarding or administration of a contract supported by this project and:
NR 47.07(2)(a)4.a. a. The official or employee, or his or her spouse or partner, has an ownership interest in the firm selected for the contract; or
NR 47.07(2)(a)4.b. b. A person identified in subd. 4. a. receives a contract, gratuity or favor from the award of the contract.
NR 47.07(2)(b) (b) Program costs incurred before or after the project period for the grant.
NR 47.07 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92; am. (1) (b) to (d), cr. (1) (e), r. (2) and (3), renum. (4) to be (2), Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99.
NR 47.08 NR 47.08 Grant awards; payment.
NR 47.08(1)(1)Grants shall be awarded subject to execution of the project agreement, as specified in s. NR 47.03 (5).
NR 47.08(2) (2)Grant payments may not be paid until a claim supported by evidence of cost has been received by the department, unless otherwise agreed upon by the department, in writing.
NR 47.08(3) (3)Payments may not be paid for project modification unless approved by the department.
NR 47.08 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92.
subch. III of ch. NR 47 Subchapter III — Stewardship Incentives Program
NR 47.10 NR 47.10 Purpose and scope.
NR 47.10(1)(1)The purpose of this subchapter is to establish procedures and standards for the administration of the stewardship incentive program (SIP) as authorized under the act, for the purpose of encouraging private forest landowners to manage their lands in a manner that benefits all the resources in their forest.
NR 47.10(2) (2)Funding granted under this subchapter is intended to complement rather than replace or duplicate other federal cost-share programs, such as ACP and FIP.
NR 47.10 Note Note: SIP funds are intended to be used in addition to, and not in place of those funds that have been traditionally provided for forestry under ACP, FIP or any other federal cost share programs.
NR 47.10 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92.
NR 47.11 NR 47.11 Applicability. This subchapter is applicable to landowners applying for or receiving grants under this subchapter.
NR 47.11 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92.
NR 47.12 NR 47.12 Definitions. In addition to definitions in s. NR 47.002, the following definitions apply to this subchapter:
NR 47.12(1) (1)“ACP" means agricultural conservation program, as referenced in 7 CFR, part 701 and part 1413.
NR 47.12(2) (2)“Afforestation" means establishing a forest on land not previously forested.
NR 47.12(3) (3)“FIP" means forestry incentives program.
NR 47.12(4) (4)“FSA" means the U.S. department of agriculture, farm services agency.
NR 47.12(5) (5)“Landowner forest stewardship plan" means the plan prescribing forest stewardship measures to be used on a particular site to achieve multiple natural resource goals.
NR 47.12(6) (6)“Practice" means a stewardship activity or conservation measure consistent with the landowner forest stewardship plan to accomplish the landowner's desired management objectives.
NR 47.12(7) (7)“Program" means the stewardship incentive program established by the act.
NR 47.12(8) (8)“Reforestation" means establishing a forest on lands that were previously forested.
NR 47.12(9) (9)“Regional forester" means the area director for state and private forestry, northeastern area of the forest service.
NR 47.12(10) (10)“Riparian zone" means the zone adjacent to a navigable stream or other body of water.
NR 47.12(11) (11)“SIP" means the stewardship incentives program established by the act.
NR 47.12(12) (12)“USDA" means the U.S. department of agriculture.
NR 47.12(13) (13)“Wetlands" means an area where water is at, near or above the land surface long enough to be capable of supporting aquatic or hydrophytic vegetation and which has soils indicative of wet conditions.
NR 47.12 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92; am. (3), Register, May, 1994, No. 461, eff. 6-1-94; renum. (3) and (4) to be (4) and (3) and am. (4), Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99; correction in (10) was made to restore dropped copy, Register January 2002 No. 553.
NR 47.13 NR 47.13 State program administration. The state forester shall administer the SIP program, with the advice of the committee, as required by section 19 (b) of the act.
NR 47.13 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92.
NR 47.14 NR 47.14 Eligible applicants.
NR 47.14(1)(1)All nonindustrial private forest lands that are not in management under federal, state, or private financial and technical assistance programs are eligible for assistance under the program.
NR 47.14(2) (2)Nonindustrial private forest lands that are managed under such existing programs are eligible for assistance under the program if forest management activities are expanded and enhanced and the landowner agrees to meet the requirements of the act.
NR 47.14(3) (3)The owner of any nonindustrial private forest land which is at least 10 contiguous acres and not more than 1,000 contiguous acres may apply for a grant under this subchapter.
NR 47.14(4) (4)An owner of more than 1,000 acres of nonindustrial private forest land is not eligible to receive cost-share funds under the program, except where the state forester, with the concurrence of the regional forester, determines that significant public benefits would accrue from approval of a landowner owning not more than 5,000 acres. In making a determination of significant public benefits, the state forester and the regional forester shall consider, at a minimum, whether the installation of practices by landowners who own more than 1,000 acres but less than 5,000 acres are necessary to achieve cost-effective resource management objectives without unduly affecting program participation of other eligible landowners.
NR 47.14 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92.
NR 47.15 NR 47.15 Eligible practices. The following practices are eligible for grants under this subsection:
NR 47.15(1) (1)Sip 1. Landowner forest stewardship plan development which identifies landowner objectives and multiple resource management decisions.
NR 47.15(2) (2)Sip 2. Reforestation and afforestation which includes establishment or reestablishment of diverse stands of forest trees through natural regeneration, planting or direct seeding for conservation purposes and sustainable timber production.
NR 47.15(3) (3)Sip 3. Forest improvement which includes the improvement of forest and agroforest stand productivity, vigor and health and the value and quality of wood products.
NR 47.15(4) (4)Sip 4. Windbreak and hedgerow establishment, maintenance and renovation which includes the establishment, maintenance and renovation of windbreaks and hedgerows to conserve energy, protect farmsteads, livestock and crops, and reduce soil erosion.
NR 47.15(5) (5)Sip 5. Soil and water protection and improvement which includes the maintenance or improvement of water quality and soil productivity on forest land.
NR 47.15(6) (6)Sip 6. Riparian zone and wetland protection and improvement which includes the protection, restoration and improvement of wetlands and riparian areas to maintain water quality and enhance fish or wildlife habitat.
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