Grant: $1,974,000 - Department of Agriculture - Jul. 1, 2009
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Award Description: This grant will reduce the threat of wildfire to communities and resources on state and private lands in southeast Massachusetts and restore the ecosystem through: 1) adding state fire management specialists, 2) increasing fire planning in high-risk areas, 3) assisting communities with the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans, 4) expanding the Firewise Communities Program, 5) implementing Firewise treatments in communities, 6) implementing hazard mitigation activities through fuels reduction and community defensibility, 7) planning and preparing for hazard mitigation projects and 8) conducting related forestry activities in forest health protection and forest stewardship that help reduce the fire hazard in southeastern Massachusetts.
Project Description: Although the Department of Conservation and Recreation received this grant award on 7/1/09 the language in the grant stated that this was 'not considered a final offer,' and that after a final review by the USDA was made, we would be 'notified about the final decision as soon as possible.' MA DCR did receive a verbal approval from the USDA Forest Service on August 13, 2009 to move forward with this grant since the funds had been obligated by the USDA Forest Service . This resulted in a delay regarding the implementation of this grant award. MA DCR is now beginning the process of establishing the positions with the State Human Resources Division, and has prepared and delivered a standard contract for the sub-grant to The Nature Conservancy, the sub-grantee.
Jobs Summary: MA Department of Conservation and Recreation plans to retain 4 firefighter II positions (3 in FY2010 and 4 in FY2011) and hire 9 seasonal fire management staff for implementation of this award (spring seasons FY2010 and FY2011 & fall seasons FY2011). The sub-grantee, The Nature Conservancy, plans to retain 3 full time staff, and1 part-time staff and hire 5 fire management seasonal staff (2 in the fall and 3 in the spring) to support the fuels management and ecosystem restoration goals established. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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