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NR 47.65 Note Note: The mailing address is WI DNR, Division of Forestry, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 Attn: County Forest Specialist.
NR 47.65(6)(c) (c) A county is ineligible to apply if any of the following occur:
NR 47.65(6)(c)1. 1. Management or internal county policy is in opposition to the comprehensive county forest land use plan, under s. 28.11 (5), Stats.
NR 47.65(6)(c)2. 2. Previous unexpended funds from the grant program under this section are owed the department as described in sub. (8) (d).
NR 47.65(6)(c)3. 3. A county fails to comply within 3 years to department forestry audit recommendations.
NR 47.65(6)(d) (d) Applications shall be for a 4-year period, set in conjunction with the state biennial budget covering a period of 4 state fiscal years, 2 state budgets.
NR 47.65(6)(e) (e) Grant applications shall be accepted during the period from October 1 to December 31 in every other odd numbered year. Grant awards for those applications shall be made no later than July 31 of the subsequent odd-numbered year.
NR 47.65 Note Note: For example, applications shall be accepted from October 1 – December 31, 2013 for funding during state fiscal years 2016-2019. Grant awards shall be made no later than July 31, 2015. Application years: 2013, 2017, 2021, 2025, 2029, etc.
NR 47.65(6)(f) (f) Funding amounts requested in grant applications shall be considered final once submitted.
NR 47.65(6)(g) (g) Applications may be submitted and grants awarded at other times if resources are available and circumstances are warranted, as determined by the department.
NR 47.65 Note Note: For example, department vacancies.
NR 47.65(7) (7)Grant award procedure, funding rates and constraints.
NR 47.65(7)(a)(a) Payment of all grants shall be made by September 30 of the first year of the biennium. The grant covers a 4-year period, consequently the grant amount requested shall be split equally between the 2 state budget biennium. Funding in the second biennium is subject to inclusion of adequate funding in the state budget for that period.
NR 47.65(7)(b) (b) A grant under this section may be awarded to a county to contribute to the funding of a subcontractor for the purposes described in sub. (4).
NR 47.65(7)(c) (c) The county shall submit information requested by and satisfactory to the department demonstrating project completion by January 31st following each biennium.
NR 47.65 Note Note: For example, project accomplishment reports for the fiscal year 2016 & 2017 biennium are due by January 31, 2018. Accomplishment reporting years: 2018, 2020, 2022, etc. The mailing address is WI DNR, Division of Forestry, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 Attn: County Forest Specialist.
NR 47.65(7)(d) (d) Funding rates shall be based on eligible applications received by the department and total available funding for each of the biennial budget periods. In determining funding, all of the following shall apply:
NR 47.65(7)(d)1. 1. Total eligible funding shall be based upon an appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (bw), Stats., while reserving an amount of funds agreed to biannually by the department and a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and counsel to county forest administrators and that functions as an organizational liaison to the department as identified in s. 28.11 (5m) (am), Stats., to address projected sustainable forestry grant project needs under s. NR 47.75 and funds to cover projected county forest administration grant needs under s. NR 47.70, based on the previous year's eligible administration grant requests plus a projected five percent annual growth of administration grant requests.
NR 47.65(7)(d)2. 2. If full funding is not available due to insufficient funds to provide grants applied for, the department shall offer the applicants the choice of receiving prorated funding for the project up to the amount of available funding described in subd. 1, or withdrawal of the application.
NR 47.65(7)(e) (e) The calculated rate for conversion of technical forestry assistance to time standards grant funding shall be calculated by adding the average department forester hourly cost, factored at 75% of the calculated average, and the average department forestry technician hourly cost, factored at 25% of the calculated average, based on actual salary, fringe, and supply rates for the fiscal year proceeding the application period.
NR 47.65(8) (8)Project completion accountability and audit procedures.
NR 47.65(8)(a)(a) Grant funds may be spent only on eligible activities as described in sub. (4).
NR 47.65(8)(b) (b) All grant funds received from the department shall be deposited in the county state aid forestry account.
NR 47.65(8)(c) (c) All grant records shall be audited with the normal departmental audit of the county forest program.
NR 47.65(8)(d) (d) Any grant funds not spent on eligible costs by January 31st of the year in which reporting is required under sub. (7) (c) shall be returned to the department. Failure to return the funds shall render a county ineligible for any future grants under this section.
NR 47.65(8)(e) (e) A county may maintain funds contrary to par. (d) upon written approval from the department.
NR 47.65(8)(f) (f) Project scope may be amended over grant period as requested by the county forest administrator and contingent upon approval by the department.
NR 47.65 History History: CR 14-036: Cr. Register, May 2015, No. 713, eff. 6-1-15; correction in (6) (d) and (7) (d) 2. made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register May 2015 No. 713.
NR 47.70 NR 47.70 County forest administration grant program.
NR 47.70(1)(1)Purpose. The purpose of this section is to establish standards and procedures for implementation of a grant program to contribute funds towards payment of the salary and fringe benefits of a professional forester in the position of administrator or assistant administrator of a county forest and also payment of a county's dues to a non-profit organization that provides leadership and counsel to a county forest administrator and serves as an organizational liaison to the department.
NR 47.70(2) (2)Definitions. As used in this section:
NR 47.70(2)(a) (a) “Annual plan of work" means a listing of work projects and activities agreed to by the department and the county to be performed in the upcoming calendar year in the county which involves the management of the forest resources and its attributes.
NR 47.70(2)(b) (b) “Annual salary" means the total annualized compensation paid to a county employee excluding the cost of any fringe benefits.
NR 47.70(2)(c) (c) “Cost shared administrator" means any department employee who is presently performing the duties of county forest administrator by mutual agreement of the county and the department.
NR 47.70(2)(d) (d) “County" means a county that has entered county-owned land under the county forest law, ss. 28.10 and 28.11, Stats.
NR 47.70(2)(e) (e) “Forester" has the meaning given in s. NR 1.21 (2) (e) or who is employed as a county forest administrator or assistant county forest administrator in the administration of county forests as of August 12, 1993.
NR 47.70(2)(f) (f) “Fringe benefits" means the total annualized costs of a county for an employee excluding any salary.
NR 47.70(2)(g) (g) “Grant year" means the calendar year to which the grant payment applies.
NR 47.70(2)(h) (h) “Independent consulting forester" means a forester as described in par. (e), who provides a variety of professional forestry services on a contract or fee basis and is employed by a county.
NR 47.70(2)(i) (i) “Non-profit organization" means the same as non-profit corporation, as described in s. 181.0103 (17), Stats.
NR 47.70(3) (3)Application and grant procedure.
NR 47.70(3)(a)(a) A county may apply for a grant under the county forest administration grant program. A county shall include in an application a county board resolution authorizing the application. A county shall file the application with the department no later than January 31 of the grant year.
NR 47.70(3)(b) (b) A county that has received an initial grant under par. (a), shall file an application and resolution, as set forth in par. (a), to obtain a grant for each succeeding year unless the county has entered into a written agreement with the department.
NR 47.70(3)(c) (c) Except as provided in par. (d) and (e), a grant shall be limited to funding annual salary and fringe benefits for a forester employed by a county and a county's annual dues to a non-profit organization representing their county forest interests.
NR 47.70(3)(d) (d) A grant under this section may be awarded to a county to contribute to the funding of an independent consulting forester or the salary of a forester shared between 2 counties.
NR 47.70(3)(e) (e) A grant may not be awarded to any county receiving services from a department cost shared administrator.
NR 47.70(3)(f) (f) Grants shall be distributed no later than April 15 of the grant year.
NR 47.70(4) (4)General provisions.
NR 47.70(4)(a) (a) An annual grant award to a county may not exceed 50% of the position's annual salary and fringe benefits. Fringe benefit costs may not exceed 40% of the forester's salary.
NR 47.70(4)(b) (b) All grant funds received from the department shall be deposited in the county state aid forestry account.
NR 47.70(4)(c) (c) Any grant funds not spent on salary or fringe benefit costs or dues to a non-profit organization representing county forest interests in the grant year shall be identified and deducted from the next year's request. If a county does not participate or is not eligible for the grant the next year, the funds shall be returned to the department.
NR 47.70(4)(d) (d) The total eligible grant amount for funding of dues to a county forest non-profit organization may not exceed $50,000 annually for all county forests collectively. If the total exceeds $50,000, this portion of the grant will be prorated equally amongst all participating counties.
NR 47.70(4)(e) (e) If the total grant which the counties are eligible for under this section exceeds funds available, the grant shall be prorated prior to distribution.
NR 47.70(4)(f) (f) The department may not make a grant to a county under this section unless all the following apply:
NR 47.70(4)(f)1. 1. An annual plan of work is jointly developed by the department and the county.
NR 47.70(4)(f)2. 2. The annual plan of work is consistent with the county forest 15-year comprehensive land use plan for the county.
NR 47.70(4)(f)3. 3. The annual plan of work is approved by the county and the department.
NR 47.70 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1994, No. 462, eff. 7-1-94; am. (1), (3) (a), (c), (f) and (4) (a), renum. (2) (f) and (g) and (4) (c) and (d) to be (2) (g) and (h) and (4) (d) and (e) and am. (4) (e) 1. and 3., cr. (2) (f) and (4) (c), r. and recr. (4) (b), Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99; CR 08-046: am. (title), (1), (3) (a), (c) and (4) (c), cr. (2) (i) and (4) (d), renum. (4) (d) and (e) to be (4) (e) and (f) and am. (4) (e) and (f) 2. Register April 2009 No. 640, eff. 5-1-09.
NR 47.75 NR 47.75 Sustainable forestry grant for county forests.
NR 47.75(1)(1)Purpose. The purpose of this section is to establish standards and procedures for implementation of a grant program to contribute funds to sustainable forestry practices on county forests under s. 28.11 (5r), Stats.
NR 47.75(2) (2)Applicability. This section is applicable to those counties that have land entered under s. 28.11 (4), Stats., as county forest and which apply for a sustainable forest management grant.
NR 47.75(3) (3)Definitions. As used in this section:
NR 47.75(3)(a) (a) “Comprehensive county forest land use plan" means the document governing management of the county forest which has been approved by the county board and the department, s. 28.11 (5), Stats.
NR 47.75(3)(b) (b) “County" means a county that has entered county-owned land under the county forest law, ss. 28.10 and 28.11, Stats.
NR 47.75(3)(c) (c) “County forest time standards" refers to the agreement between the department and a county that quantifies the amount of technical forestry assistance the department provides to the county to fulfill s. 28.11 (5) and (6), Stats., responsibilities.
NR 47.75(3)(d) (d) “Fiscal year" means the time period commencing at July 1 and ending on June 30.
NR 47.75(3)(e) (e) “Forester" has the meaning given in s. NR 1.21 (2) (e).
NR 47.75(3)(f) (f) “Sustainable forestry" has the meaning given in s. 28.04 (1) (e), Stats.
NR 47.75(3)(g) (g) “Annual adjustment category" means that part of the county forest time standards that identifies time needed to complete short term projects in excess of the required minimum core hours. The quantity of these hours is adjusted annually by mutual agreement of the department and the county.
NR 47.75(4) (4)Eligible projects. To be eligible for a sustainable forestry grant:
NR 47.75(4)(a) (a) Projects shall promote sustainable forestry on the county forest and may include, but are not limited to any of the following:
NR 47.75(4)(a)1. 1. Salvage, treatment or reforestation operations stemming from storms, insects, disease or fire.
NR 47.75(4)(a)2. 2. Initial reconnaissance of new acquisitions.
NR 47.75(4)(a)3. 3. Initial geographic information system development.
NR 47.75(4)(a)4. 4. Integrated planning efforts between county forests.
NR 47.75(4)(a)5. 5. Efforts to improve marketing.
NR 47.75(4)(a)6. 6. Short-term, accelerated efforts at timber marking, reconnaissance, regeneration harvest establishment or timber stand improvement to reduce backlogs of overdue practices.
NR 47.75(4)(a)7. 7. Biotic inventories.
NR 47.75(4)(a)8. 8. Timber theft prevention.
NR 47.75(4)(a)9. 9. Development and implementation of road access plans.
NR 47.75(4)(a)10. 10. Initial gathering of global positioning system data.
NR 47.75(4)(a)11. 11. Forest certification efforts.
NR 47.75(4)(a)12. 12. Other projects fitting eligibility in pars. (b) and (c).
NR 47.75(4)(b) (b) Projects shall be consistent with a county's comprehensive county forest land use plan under s. 28.11 (5) (a), Stats.
NR 47.75(4)(c) (c) Projects shall be suitable as a short term and unanticipated workload item as identified in the annual adjustment category of the county forest time standards.
NR 47.75(4)(d) (d) A grant under this section may be awarded to a county to contribute to the funding of a subcontractor for the purposes described in par. (a).
NR 47.75(5) (5)Ineligible projects.
NR 47.75(5)(a) (a) Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:
NR 47.75(5)(a)1. 1. Land acquisition.
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