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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Urban and Community Forestry Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1306
Original Establishment Date11/28/1990Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date7/14/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*National Urban Forestry Program Manager
Date Of Renewal Charter7/14/2018Designated Federal Officer PrefixMrs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Lauren
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Marshall
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 2105, AMEND.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 308-8129
Effective Date Of Authority*10/28/1990Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 690-5792
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*lauren.marshall@usda.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Currently the Council is administratively inactive pending the Secretary's approving the Council's Charter Renewal. The Council's meetings focus on their legislatively mandated duties by developing the categories for the Forest Service's Challenge Cost-Share Program (CCS) and recommending proposals to the Forest Service to consider in making their award decision; developing the Annual Accomplishment/Recommendation Report to the Secretary of Agriculture, finalizing their work plan and assignments targeting goals in the public's National Ten-Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan, (Action Plan), and considerable listening and discussion with the public on emerging issues/opportunities in urban and community forestry. Council members attended the National Partners in Community Forestry Conference and met with their representative groups on the Council, other Federal Agencies, and entities working in community and urban forestry. The Council incorporates the public's feedback into their work plan and validate them in the accomplishment/recommendation report and grant categories. Last year they held a successful special listening session for the meeting participants that was well received and requested to be held again at next years conference. Comments were addressed and will be reported out at that time.The Council has a home page on the Forest Service website http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml The site contains background information, grant announcements about the Council as well as their accomplishment reports and recommendations.
How is membership balanced?*The Council is made up of 15 members whose positions are described very specifically in the enabling legislation, membership consists of qualified candidates representing: State government; County government; City/Town government; forest products, nursery, or related industries; urban forestry, landscape, and design consultants; State forestry agencies or equivalent State agencies; professional renewable natural resource or arboricultural society; Extension Service; USDA Forest Service; a non-officer or employee of any governmental body representing a population of less than 50,000 as of the most recent census who has expertise and has been active in urban and community forestry; non-officer or employee of any government body representing a population of more than 50,000 as of the most recent census who has expertise and has been active in urban and community forestry; two members representing national non-profit forestry and conservation citizen organizations; and two members from academic institutions with an expertise in urban and community forestry activities. The Council positions are also balanced geographically and demographically to reflect comprehensive viewpoints from around the country and the country's diverse populations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Currently the Council is administratively inactive pending the Secretary's approving the Council's Charter Renewal. The Council meets about three times annually with at least one meeting held virtually. In general, the Council strategically plans future meetings with other related urban forestry stakeholders and the public to address items in the Action Plan and emerging urban forestry issues and opportunities. The Council reduces its meeting costs by: reducing the face to face meetings, reducing the meeting days from three to one and one half days; and using Federal meeting space or meeting space at reduced costs. The Council continues to steward accomplishments identified in the public's Action Plan, and continues to implement their Strategic Plan. The Council current recommendations are being addressed by the Forest Service.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council has diverse representation across the Urban & Community Forestry Sector, and continues to provide input that will focus and coordinate current and future efforts with the National Urban and Community Forestry Program, USDA, and applicable Federal agencies. The Council will continue to promote the economic, social (public health), and environmental benefits, that urban and community forests provide communities, which builds community sustainability and resiliency through proper management of this green infrastructure.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Council recognizes the need to develop more green jobs especially for underserved populations and supply industry demand. The Council's past recommendations include assessing and building a green industry workforce. One example of the Forest Service’s response to this recommendation is to compile and assess the Council recommended grant findings for this topic and present the findings to industry, academia, and stakeholders.
The Forest Service’s findings identifying the disconnect between industry hiring and student urban forestry and natural resources educational curriculum were presented to UCF stakeholders as a primer for a round table discussion. As a result, the Forest Service and industry partners are currently developing strategies to address these findings by reevaluating existing educational curriculum and exploring new training/ apprentice opportunities that will address the workforce needs, create more job opportunities, and build capacity for rural and underserved communities.
The Forest Service UCF program is also working with Forest Service Research and partners on a pilot to develop a job training/creation with the reuse of the wood from condemned buildings and repurposing the wood into furniture for sale in commercial retail stores. The next step is to apply the successful pilot’s protocol to other markets around the country.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed12
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended5
Cost Savings*$100,000 - $500,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$2,109,339.00
Cost Savings CommentCouncil members serve without compensation for their time. In FY 2018, the non-Federal members contributed over 2000 hours in volunteer hours due to stewarding and implementing portions of the National Ten Year Urban Forestry Action Plan. This is equivalent to 1.25 FTE's valued at $188,856, based on volunteer time prior to the Charter expiring.Grants Review CommentThis successful grant program leverages Federal taxpayers’ dollars on an average of 3:1, building a community’s economic resilience through its natural resource stewardship.
Number Of Recommendations*236Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince 1993 the Council has made over 236 program and National Forest Service Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program recommendations. Grants funded urban and community forestry projects, studies, research, and best management practices. This successful grant program leverages Federal taxpayers’ dollars on an average of 3:1, building a community’s economic resilience through its natural resource stewardship.
The Council grant recommendations address the goals and objectives in the 2016-2026 National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan.
Prior to the Council’s Charter expiring, they submitted their recommendations for the FY 2019 National Urban and Community Challenge Cost Share Grant Program. The Forest Service accepted the Council’s recommendation and the Secretary approved the Forest Service’s decision.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*85.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Secretary and agency approve the grants recommended by the Council. Many of the recommendations are comprehensive and may take the agency several years to build the partnerships and capacity to fully implement the recommendation.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentMany of the recommendations are comprehensive and may take the agency several years to build the partnerships and capacity to fully implement the recommendation.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentInformation access, such as, Calls for Nominations, request for grant proposals, and general Council information is transferred either through the Federal Register Notices, hard copy or electronic mail-outs and/or at Grants.gov.
Agency Feedback Comment2019 Grant Recommendations: The Council's grant recommendations were submitted before the Council's Charter Expired in FY 2018. The Forest Service accepted the Council's recommendation, the Secretary approved the FS decision. The FS funded the 2019 grants with the amount of funds available. The Council's grant category focus reflects the Forest Service's and Departments priorities. In 2017, the Agency funded an analysis looking at the impact of past NUCFAC grants, giving the Council feedback into the implementation of their previously selected grants.Narrative Description*NUCFAC is a congressionally designated advisory council to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry and related issues. NUCFAC synthesizes the full spectrum of views into a consistent vision as a foundation for practical policy. The Council works in partnership with the USDA Forests Service's Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program, a cooperative program of the USDA Forest Service that focuses on the stewardship of natural resources where more than 80% of Americans live from small rural communities to metropolitan areas. Working with the state forestry agencies, the UCF program provides technical, financial, research and educational services to local government, nonprofit organizations, community groups, educational institutions, and tribal governments. In FY2018, the UCF program served more than 200,000,000 Americans in more than 7,800 communities of all sizes across the United States, about a third of which were rural communities. UCF funds are leveraged at least 2:1, often exceeding this ratio, by state forestry agencies and other partners. By synthesizing stakeholder views, the Council assists the USDA Forest Service in ensuring the UCF program is delivered efficiently effectively and with integrity and focus on customer service (Strategic Goal 1). In addition, by stewarding the Public’s National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan and recommending workforce, economic development, and applied research projects for funding through the Forest Service’s National Urban Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant program, NUCFAC is helping to facilitate rural prosperity and economic development (Strategic Goal 4), and strengthening the stewardship of private lands through technology and research (Strategic Goal 5).
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-002085National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2017
 COM-003082National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2016
 COM-003946National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2015
 COM-004312National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2014
 COM-005490National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2013
 COM-006704National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2012
 COM-007546National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2011
 COM-008922National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2010
 COM-010197National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2009
 COM-010833National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2008
 COM-011531National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2007
 COM-012671National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2006
 COM-013395National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2005
 COM-014571National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2004
 COM-016174National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2003
 COM-016321National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2002
 COM-018096National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2001
 COM-018329National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2000
 COM-019248National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council1999
 COM-020917National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council1998
 COM-021975National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council1997
 COM-033432National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council2018