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NR 47.75(7)(e) (e) No less than 25% of the annual funds shall be kept available for appropriation during the second application period.
NR 47.75(7)(f) (f) 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 47.75(7)(g) (g) No county may have more than 2 open projects at any one time.
NR 47.75(8) (8)Funding rates and constraints.
NR 47.75(8)(a) (a) Payment of all grants shall be made at project completion unless an advance payment has been made by the department.
NR 47.75(8)(b) (b) An advance payment of not more than 50% of the grant amount may be paid upon mutual agreement of the county and the department.
NR 47.75(8)(c) (c) The county shall submit information requested by and satisfactory to the department demonstrating project completion.
NR 47.75 Note Note: The mailing address is WI. DNR, Division of Forestry, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 Attn: County Forest Specialist.
NR 47.75(8)(d) (d) A county may apply more than once in any given calendar year although no county will receive a second grant until all pending initial projects from other counties that meet the criteria in sub. (4) are funded.
NR 47.75(8)(e) (e) An individual county may not be awarded grants totaling more than 25% of total available funds in one fiscal year.
NR 47.75(9) (9)Project completion accountability and audit procedures.
NR 47.75(9)(a)(a) Grant funds may be spent only on project identified costs.
NR 47.75(9)(b) (b) All grant funds received from the department shall be deposited in the county state aid forestry account.
NR 47.75(9)(c) (c) All grant records shall be audited with the normal departmental audit of the county forest program.
NR 47.75(9)(d) (d) An approved project may not exceed 2 years in length unless written approval is obtained from the department.
NR 47.75(9)(e) (e) Any grant funds not spent on project identified costs or not used by the termination date of the project shall be returned to the department. Failure to return the funds shall render a county ineligible for any future grants under this section.
NR 47.75 History History: CR 01-146: cr. Register May 2002 No. 557, eff. 6-1-02.
subch. VII of ch. NR 47 Subchapter VII — The Private Forest Landowner Grant Program
NR 47.80 NR 47.80 Purpose and scope. The purpose of this subchapter is to establish procedures and standards for the administration of the private forest landowner grant program as authorized under s. 26.38, Stats., and to distribute other available state, federal, and nonprofit organization funds for the purpose of encouraging private forest landowners to manage their lands in a manner that benefits the state's forest and related resources and the people of the state.
NR 47.80 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99; CR 02-074: am. Register November 2002 No. 563, eff. 12-1-02; CR 12-029: am. Register June 2013 No. 690, eff. 7-1-13.
NR 47.81 NR 47.81 Applicability. This subchapter is applicable to private, non-industrial forest landowners applying for or receiving grants under this subchapter.
NR 47.81 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99.
NR 47.82 NR 47.82 Definitions. In addition to definitions in s. NR 47.002, the following definitions apply to this subchapter:
NR 47.82(1) (1)“Afforestation" means establishing a forest on land not previously forested due to past land use, e.g., agricultural use.
NR 47.82(2) (2)“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 47.82(2m) (2m)“Nonprofit organization" means an organization described in section 501(c)(3) to (7) of the internal revenue code and is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the internal revenue code.
NR 47.82(3) (3)“Person" has the meaning in s. 990.01 (26), Stats.
NR 47.82(3m) (3m)“Practice" means a stewardship activity or conservation measure consistent with the landowner forest stewardship plan to accomplish the landowner's desired management objectives.
NR 47.82(4) (4)“Program" means the private forest landowner grant program authorized under s. 26.38, Stats.
NR 47.82(5) (5)“Reforestation" means establishing a forest on lands that were previously forested but where cover has been lost due to recent harvesting, land conversions, natural disasters or other destructive agents.
NR 47.82(6) (6)“Riparian area" means the area or zone adjacent to a navigable stream or other body of water.
NR 47.82(7) (7)“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 47.82 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99; CR 12-029: cr. (2m), am. (4) Register June 2013 No. 690, eff. 7-1-13.
NR 47.83 NR 47.83 Program administration. The department shall administer the program, within the guidance provided by the authorizing statute. Additional guidance may accompany federal funding, nonprofit organization funding and state funding other than that provided through s. 20.370 (5) (av), Stats.
NR 47.83 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99; CR 02-074: am. Register November 2002 No. 563, eff. 12-1-02; CR 12-029: am. Register June 2013 No. 690, eff. 7-1-13.
NR 47.84 NR 47.84 Eligibility.
NR 47.84(1)(1)Eligible applicants.
NR 47.84(1)(a)(a) All nonindustrial private forest lands that meet the program requirements as herein stated are eligible for assistance under the program.
NR 47.84(1)(b) (b) The owner of any nonindustrial private forest land which consists of at least 10 contiguous acres and not more than 500 acres of non-industrial private forest land in the state may apply for a grant under this subchapter.
NR 47.84(1)(c) (c) Eligibility for federal funding or nonprofit organization funding may be defined in the grant agreement through which the funding is provided. Further, additional eligibility criteria may accompany state funding other than that provided through s. 20.370 (5) (av), Stats.
NR 47.84(1m) (1m)Ineligible applicants. The following applicants shall be ineligible for a grant awarded under this subchapter:
NR 47.84(1m)(a) (a) An owner who did not receive any p ayment under s. NR 47.87 for a grant awarded under this subchapter which ended within the 24 months prior to the date the application was submitted, unless the owner ended that grant within 12 months of the award.
NR 47.84(1m)(b) (b) An owner who has violated s. NR 47.89 (1) or (2).
NR 47.84(2) (2)Eligible practices.
NR 47.84(2)(a) (a) Plan development. Landowner forest stewardship plan development which identifies landowner objectives and multiple resource management decisions. The plan shall meet the following minimum standards:
NR 47.84(2)(a)1. 1. Title page.
NR 47.84(2)(a)2. 2. Signatures of landowners.
NR 47.84(2)(a)3. 3. Landowner's long-range goals for the property.
NR 47.84(2)(a)4. 4. Map or aerial photograph showing the property with stands delineated and uniquely labeled.
NR 47.84(2)(a)5. 5. Property overview, i.e., general location, major forest types, general landforms, relevant description of the landscape, etc. Also include discussion of any known threatened or endangered species. (Usually one paragraph).
NR 47.84(2)(a)6. 6. General discussion of landowner goals and the expected effects of achieving these goals on the soil and water, wildlife, recreation/aesthetics, timber and other natural resources. This may be included either as a separate item or as part of the stand recommendations.
NR 47.84(2)(a)7. 7. Stand descriptions and recommendations including: Unique stand identification keyed to the map: vegetation cover type; size class; size (acres); soil characteristics and erodibility (may be covered in a general paragraph if the description is applicable to the whole property); stand objective and its relationship to the landowner goals for the property; recommendations and a short discussion of the effects of such actions on the soil and water, wildlife, recreation/aesthetics and timber resources. Discussion of the effects is not necessary on a stand-by-stand basis if covered in the general discussion.
NR 47.84(2)(a)8. 8. Activity schedule showing all stands and approximate year of recommended actions for a 5-year period. Include all stands, even if no action is recommended.
NR 47.84(2)(a)9. 9. Contain practices that protect and enhance soil and water quality; threatened, rare or endangered species or communities; sustainable forestry; habitat for fish and wildlife; and the recreational, aesthetic and environmental benefits that the forest land provides.
NR 47.84(2)(b) (b) Practices. The following practices are eligible for grants under this subchapter if the land is subject to a department approved forest stewardship landowner management plan. However, additional restrictions on eligible practices may accompany funding for this program other than that provided through s. 20.370 (5) (av), Stats.
NR 47.84 Note Note: All practices will strongly encourage the use of native plant and animal species where practical.
NR 47.84(2)(b)1. 1. Reforestation and afforestation which includes establishment or reestablishment of diverse stands of native forest trees through natural regeneration, planting or direct seeding for conservation purposes and sustainable timber production.
NR 47.84(2)(b)2. 2. Forest improvement which includes practices to increase tree growth, tree quality, biological diversity, tree vigor and forest health.
NR 47.84(2)(b)3. 3. Soil and water protection and improvement which includes the maintenance or improvement of water quality and soil productivity, and the reduction of erosion on forest and related land.
NR 47.84(2)(b)4. 4. Wetland and riparian protection and improvement which includes the management, protection, and improvement of wetlands and riparian areas to maintain water quali ty, protect and improve wetlands and riparian areas, reduce sedimentation, and enhance or improve habitat for fish or wildlife species.
NR 47.84(2)(b)5. 5. Terrestrial wildlife and habitat enhance ment which includes the establish ment, management, and enhancement of permanent habitat for game and non-game wildlife species.
NR 47.84(2)(b)6. 6. Forest historic cultural and archeological site protection.
NR 47.84(2)(b)7. 7. Endangered, threatened, or rare natural resource protection, management, restoration, and enhancement targeted at threatened or endangered species habitat maintenance or enhancement and management of significant natural communities or rare native vegetation.
NR 47.84 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99; CR 02-074: cr. (1) (c), am. (2) (b) Register November 2002 No. 563, eff. 12-1-02; CR 12-029: am. (1) (c), cr. (1m), r. and recr. (2) (b) 4. to 7., r. (2) (b) 8. Register June 2013 No. 690, eff. 7-1-13.
NR 47.85 NR 47.85 Costs.
NR 47.85(1)(1)Eligible costs.
NR 47.85(1)(a)(a) Grants under the program shall be used to prepare management plans or manage the following lands under an approved landowner forest stewardship plan:
NR 47.85(1)(a)1. 1. All of the nonindustrial private forest land with existing tree cover within a contiguous tract.
NR 47.85(1)(a)2. 2. Other nonindustrial private forest land within the same contiguous tract which is identified by the landowner and approved by the department as suitable for the approved program practice scheduled.
NR 47.85(1)(a)3. 3. Other contiguous related lands included in the forest stewardship plan, such as water, streams and stream corridors, wetlands, marshes, savannas, barrens and prairies.
NR 47.85(1)(b) (b) To be eligible for a grant under this program, one or more eligible practices shall be identified in the forest stewardship plan, except that a grant may be awarded for the development of a forest stewardship plan.
NR 47.85 Note Note: See s. NR 47.86 for eligible practices.
NR 47.85(1)(c) (c) Eligible costs are all those associated with the preparation or installation of a specific practice as approved by the state forester.
NR 47.85(2) (2)Ineligible costs.
NR 47.85(2)(a) (a) No person may use grant funds under this subchapter for any of the following:
NR 47.85(2)(a)1. 1. Costs incurred before an application for grant assistance is approved.
NR 47.85(2)(a)2. 2. The implementation of any practice already required by law, rule, regulation or other authority, except for those practices required in the managed forest law program under ch. 77, Stats.
NR 47.85(2)(a)3. 3. Repairs or normal upkeep or maintenance of any practice, except those necessary to ensure seedling or shrub survival, restore prairies, barrens or savannas, control invasive species or other instances where several years of practice implementation are necessary to properly establish a practice, as determined by the department.
NR 47.85(2)(a)4. 4. As a match or in combination with any other public funds.
NR 47.85(2)(a)5. 5. Practices not approved by the department in writing, or changes to a previously approved practice, unless authorized by the department in writing.
NR 47.85(2)(b) (b) Except as authorized by the department, grant assistance may not be paid for repeating practices on the same site by the same landowner which have been implemented under the forestry incentives program or any other federal, state or local government programs, except where the practices are repeated due to a failure of a prior practice without fault of the landowner.
NR 47.85 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99; CR 02-074: cr. (2) (a) 4. and 5. Register November 2002 No. 563, eff. 12-1-02; emerg. am. (2) (a) 2., eff. 10-4-05; CR 05-087: am. (2) (a) 2. Register May 2006 No. 605, eff. 6-1-06.
NR 47.86 NR 47.86 Grants.
NR 47.86(1)(1)Grant calculation.
NR 47.86(1)(a)(a) A matching grant provided through s. 20.370 (5) (av), Stats., or other state funds may not be more than 75% of the actual eligible costs depending on availability of funds. If a federal or nonprofit organization grant agreement provides for cost-share limitations different from those specified in this subsection, the cost-share rate from funds provided through the federal or nonprofit organization grant agreement may apply.
NR 47.86(1)(b) (b) An annual grant under the program may not exceed $10,000 or be less than $100 for any individual, person, or project.
NR 47.86(2) (2)Grant selection system.
NR 47.86(2)(a) (a) In selecting practices for grant assistance, the department shall give preference to projects which are directed to accomplish one or more of the following; these are not listed in order of priority:
NR 47.86(2)(a)1. 1. Establish or reestablish forests through various methods of regeneration, including planting, direct seeding or natural regeneration.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.