NR 47.86(2)(a)1. 1. Establish or reestablish forests through various methods of regeneration, including planting, direct seeding or natural regeneration.
NR 47.86(2)(a)2. 2. Improve forest stand productivity, stand vigor, forest health, and the value and quality of wood products.
NR 47.86(2)(a)3. 3. Encourage sustainability of forest lands.
NR 47.86(2)(a)4. 4. Provide protection of soil and water resources.
NR 47.86(2)(a)5. 5. Include additional land under written forest stewardship management plans.
NR 47.86(2)(a)6. 6. Provide protection and enhancement of riparian area and wetlands.
NR 47.86(2)(a)7. 7. Provide protection and enhancement of terrestrial wildlife habitat.
NR 47.86(2)(a)8. 8. Provide endangered, threatened or rare species habitat enhancement and natural community habitat maintenance and enhancement.
NR 47.86(3) (3)Application and approval.
NR 47.86(3)(a) (a) Application deadlines are as follows unless otherwise provided on the application, and are contingent upon availability of funds: May 1 and August 1. State funds for this program other than those provided through s. 20.370 (5) (av), Stats., federal funds awarded pursuant to a federal grant agreement and nonprofit organization funds awarded pursuant to a nonprofit organization grant agreement may specify other application deadlines.
NR 47.86 Note Note: Applications can be obtained from the local department of natural resources forester or from the State Forester, P.O. 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.
NR 47.86(3)(b) (b) The department shall make basic eligibility determinations, including whether the applicant meets nonindustrial private forest land ownership criteria and minimum and maximum acreage criteria.
NR 47.86(3)(c)1.1. Annuall y, the department may designate a percentage of the total annual funds for any of the following:
NR 47.86(3)(c)1.a. a. A statewide forestry emergency, as designated by the chief state forester. A statewide forestry emergency includes, but is limited to natural and man-made events which cause large areas of forest mortality due to wind, ice, hail, flooding, forest fires, forest insect, or disease.
NR 47.86(3)(c)1.b. b. Practices that accomplish objectives or groups of objectives identified under sub. (2) (a).
NR 47.86(3)(c)2. 2. If funds are available following distribution under subd. 1. a. and b., the funds may be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis to any approved applications awaiting funding.
NR 47.86(3)(d) (d) Applications not able to be funded during one application period will be held until the subsequent application period unless the landowner requests the application be canceled.
NR 47.86(3)(e) (e) The department shall review applications to determine practice eligibility, based on the following:
NR 47.86(3)(e)1. 1. Consistency with a department approved landowner forest stewardship plan unless the applicant is applying for a grant to develop one.
NR 47.86(3)(e)2. 2. The practice is needed and feasible.
NR 47.86(3)(e)3. 3. The practice is eligible under this subchapter.
NR 47.86(3)(e)4. 4. The practice cost is determined to be at least $200 or more.
NR 47.86(3)(e)5. 5. Applications will be approved provided grant funds are available. Department approval of an application shall constitute an agreement between the state and the landowner.
NR 47.86(3)(e)6. 6. Upon approval of a practice, the department shall prepare a practice outline that identifies the needed technical practices, specifications, and approximate time frames for the implementation of the practice, to achieve the objectives of the practice. The outline shall be attached to and become part of the landowner forest stewardship plan and shall be effective for the duration of the practice. The requirements in the practice outline shall constitute the basis for determining acceptable performance upon practice completion.
NR 47.86(3)(e)7. 7. Upon approval of a practice, the landowner shall be notified in writing by the department or its agent. The notice shall state that the landowner can begin implementing the approved practice.
NR 47.86(3)(e)8. 8. Within 8 weeks of the end of the batching period, the department shall notify the landowner as to the status of his or her application.
NR 47.86 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99; CR 02-074: am. (1) (a), (3) (a), (c), (e) 1. and 4. Register November 2002 No. 563, eff. 12-1-02; emerg. am. (3) (a), r. and recr. (3) (c) 2. and 3., eff. 10-4-05; CR 05-087: am. (3) (a), r. and recr. (3) (c) 2. and 3. Register May 2006 No. 605, eff. 6-1-06; CR 12-029: am. (1), (3) (a), r. and recr. (3) (c), am. (3) (e) 8. Register June 2013 No. 690, eff. 7-1-13.
NR 47.87 NR 47.87 Payment to landowners.
NR 47.87(1)(1)A landowner shall complete each practice within 24 months of approval. However, if a practice is not completed in 24 months due to conditions beyond the landowner's control, the department may grant an extension.
NR 47.87(2) (2)Upon certification by the department that a practice has been completed in accordance with specifications, the grant payment shall be calculated by the department and disbursed to the landowner by the department or its agent.
NR 47.87(3) (3)A practice may consist of one or more component activities. A landowner may receive partial payment for completed components, with approval of the department forester, on the condition that the landowner agrees to complete the remaining components of the practice within the time period specified by the department, not to exceed 24 months following approval to implement the practice, unless an extension is justified as provided in sub. (1).
NR 47.87(4) (4)Where performance actually rendered does not meet the minimum specifications for the practice due to factors beyond the landowner's control, the department may approve grant payment under one of the following conditions:
NR 47.87(4)(a) (a) The landowner repeats applications of components previously implemented or establishes additional eligible components under terms and conditions the department approves to the extent that measures are needed to meet the objectives of the landowner forest stewardship plan; or
NR 47.87(4)(b) (b) The landowner establishes to the satisfaction of the department that the following have been met:
NR 47.87(4)(b)1. 1. A reasonable effort was made to meet the minimum requirements.
NR 47.87(4)(b)2. 2. The practice, as performed, adequately meets the objectives of the landowner forest stewardship plan.
NR 47.87(5) (5)Where the landowner has received grant assistance for site preparation and the establishment of trees has been unsuccessful due to factors beyond the landowner's control, the department shall require that trees be re-established and shall approve grant assistance for the activity.
NR 47.87(7) (7)To be eligible to receive cost-share grants under the program, a landowner shall agree to maintain program practices for 10 years, unless otherwise specified by the state forester.
NR 47.87(8) (8)Prior to receiving approval to implement any program practice, eligible landowners shall have a department approved landowner forest stewardship plan. If a landowner sells, conveys, or otherwise loses control of lands upon which there is a continuing obligation to maintain a practice and the new landowner does not agree to assume the responsibility for maintaining the practice, the landowner who was originally obligated to maintain the practice shall be liable to reimburse the department for payments on the practices. The state forester may discount the reimbursement owed the department by the percentage of years during which the practice has been maintained. In the case of death or incompetency of any landowner, the department shall approve grant payments to the successor if the successor agrees to maintain the practice for the duration of the agreement.
NR 47.87(9) (9)No grant payment owed to any landowner shall be subject to any claim arising under state law by any creditor, except agencies of the state of Wisconsin.
NR 47.87 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99; emerg. r. (9), renum. (10) to be (9), eff. 10-4-05; CR 05-087: r. (9), renum. (10) to be (9) Register May 2006 No. 605, eff. 6-1-06; CR 12-029: am. (1), (3), r. (6) Register June 2013 No. 690, eff. 7-1-13.
NR 47.88 NR 47.88 Reconsideration. Any landowner, successor or assignee who is dissatisfied with any determination made under the program may request reconsideration by the state forester. All requests for reconsideration shall be in writing and shall contain factual information explaining the basis for requesting reconsideration. All decisions upon reconsideration shall be issued in writing.
NR 47.88 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99.
NR 47.89 NR 47.89 Enforcement.
NR 47.89(1)(1)If any landowner, successor or assignee uses any scheme or device to unjustly benefit from this program, the cost-share grants shall be withheld or a refund of all or part of any program payments otherwise due or paid that person shall be secured. A scheme or device includes, but is not limited to, coercion, fraud or misrepresentation, false claims, or any business dissolution, reorganization, revival or other legal mechanism designed for or having the effect of evading the requirements of this subchapter.
NR 47.89(2) (2)If any landowner or successor takes any action or fails to take action which results in the destruction or impairment of a prescribed practice for the duration of the practice, cost-share grants shall be withheld or a refund of all or part of any program payments otherwise due or paid shall be secured.
NR 47.89(3) (3)Nothing in this subchapter requiring the withholding or refunding of cost-share grants shall preclude any other penalty or liability otherwise imposed by law.
NR 47.89 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1999, No. 519, eff. 4-1-99.
NR 47.895 NR 47.895 Funding. Funding for grants under these rules includes:
NR 47.895(1) (1)Funds appropriated for the grant program established under s. 26.38, Stats.
NR 47.895(2) (2)Other state, federal, or nonprofit organization funds appropriated for the purpose of encouraging private forest landowners to manage lands in a manner that benefits this state's forest and related resources and the people of the state, provided the practice or practices identified for the funding are consistent with a ny identified in this subchapter as eligible for funding.
NR 47.895(3) (3)Other state, federal, or nonprofit organization funds distributed through this subchapter shall be distributed to practices or projects consistent with the appropriation.
NR 47.895 History History: CR 02-074: cr. Register November 2002 No. 563, eff. 12-1-02; CR 12-029: am. (2), (3) Register June 2013 No. 690, eff. 7-1-13.
subch. VIII of ch. NR 47 Subchapter VIII — Forest Fire Protection Grant Program
NR 47.90 NR 47.90 Purpose. The purpose of this subchapter is to implement and administer forest fire protection grants to municipal fire departments and other fire suppression organizations, as authorized under s. 26.145, Stats. The purpose of the grant funding is to expand the use of local fire departments to augment and strengthen the department's overall initial attack fire suppression capabilities on forest fires.
NR 47.90 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1998, No. 509, eff. 6-1-98.
NR 47.901 NR 47.901 Applicability. The provisions of this subchapter are applicable to certain municipalities and not-for-profit organizations of the state who apply for forest fire protection grants under this subchapter.
NR 47.901 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1998, No. 509, eff. 6-1-98.
NR 47.902 NR 47.902 Definitions. In this subchapter:
NR 47.902(1) (1)“Applicant" means the Wisconsin municipality, fire department or fire suppression organization that submits an application for grants under this subchapter.
NR 47.902(2) (2)“Fire department" has the meaning contained in s. 213.08, Stats.
NR 47.902(3) (3)“Fire suppression organization" means a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose and activities support fire protection or suppression and that represents a majority of fire departments in a county or region that serve forest fire control areas established in ss. NR 30.01 and 30.02.
NR 47.902(4) (4)“Grantee" means the recipient of a grant under this subchapter.
NR 47.902(5) (5)“Municipality" means a Wisconsin city, village, town or county.
NR 47.902(6) (6)“Project" means the practice or activity for which funds are applied under this subchapter.
NR 47.902 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1998, No. 509, eff. 6-1-98.
NR 47.903 NR 47.903 Application procedures.
NR 47.903(1)(1)Applicants shall submit applications on the prescribed department forms to the address shown on the application form. An applicant may not submit more than one application for grant funding in any single funding period as provided in subs. (2) and (3). The department shall send notice of the availability of application forms and instructions to all eligible fire departments in the state.
NR 47.903 Note Note: Application forms are available from the Division of Forestry by emailing a request to DNRFFPGrantProgram@wisconsin.gov.
NR 47.903(2) (2)Applicants for grant funding for the period which ends on June 30, 1998 shall submit their applications no later than April 15, 1998.
NR 47.903(3) (3)Beginning in 2002, applications shall be submitted no later than July 1 of each year unless otherwise provided for on the application.
NR 47.903(4) (4)No application from a fire suppression organization may be for more than $25,000 or less than $5,000 in grant funding.
NR 47.903(5) (5)No application from a fire department may be for more than $10,000 or less than $750 in grant funding.
NR 47.903(6) (6)Applicants who have been selected to receive grants shall be notified by the department and sent a grant agreement for signature and return. No project work may be done or cost incurred until the grant agreement has been signed by the department.
NR 47.903(7) (7)The department may require a fire suppression organization to file with the department a charter, constitution, bylaws or similar documents which describe the organization's objectives and activities in forest fire protection.
NR 47.903(8) (8)Applications submitted after the deadline date or containing incorrect or inaccurate information will not be considered.
NR 47.903 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1998, No. 509, eff. 6-1-98; CR 01-146: am. (3) and (6) Register May 2002 No. 557, eff. 6-1-02.
NR 47.904 NR 47.904 Grant calculation.
NR 47.904(1)(1)A grant under this subchapter shall be 50% of actual eligible cost. The estimated value of “in-kind" or donated labor, materials or equipment may not be considered actual eligible cost.
NR 47.904(2) (2)Grant applications will be funded in priority rank order. The last application for which funds are available may be offered less funding than the full amount requested. Copies of the standards are available for inspection at the offices of the legislative reference bureau and the secretary of state. Individual copies may be obtained from the bureau of forestry, DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.
NR 47.904 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1998, No. 509, eff. 6-1-98; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register April 2009 No. 640.
NR 47.905 NR 47.905 Eligibility.
NR 47.905(1)(1)Eligible applicant. An eligible applicant is:
NR 47.905(1)(a) (a) A fire department that provides service to a municipality that has executed a forest fire suppression agreement to assist the department in suppression of forest fires.
NR 47.905(1)(b) (b) A Wisconsin fire suppression organization that agrees to assist the department in the suppression of forest fires.
NR 47.905(2) (2)Eligible uses of grant funds. Requests for grant assistance are limited to materials, supplies and equipment which are primarily and directly associated with forest fire protection and suppression. Examples of eligible projects include:
NR 47.905(2)(a) (a) Forest fire protective clothing that meets NFPA Standard 1977.
NR 47.905(2)(b) (b) Tools and small diameter hose used for forest fire suppression, foam and portable foam delivery equipment, dry hydrants, vehicle slip-on pumping units.
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