GNA Information and Resources

Photo Credit: Laura Wagner


The Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) is an important partnership tool available to the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with the intent to increase the pace and scale of forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration across jurisdictional boundaries.

Permanently enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill and amended in the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations and the 2018 Farm Bill, GNA enables States, Counties, and Indian Tribes to act as an agent of the federal agencies to complete authorized restoration services on federal and non-federal lands.

This webpage provides a repository of informational and educational resources about GNA for western state forestry agencies, federal agencies, and partners. 

Photo: Amanda Morrison

GNA Spotlight - March 2024, South Dakota

Authored by Amanda Morrison

In July 2023, the South Dakota GNA Forester agreement was signed to allow foresters to aid with and execute forest restoration and resiliency projects in the Black Hills National Forest. This Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) agreement between the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Black Hills National Forest utilizes Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding.

The Black Hills LiDAR project was the first project completed under the agreement. Activities included the collection of field data on nearly 1,700 10th-acre fixed plots. South Dakota was one of many partners that assisted in the data collection, which began in July 2023 and concluded in January 2024. Other partners include the Wyoming State Forestry Division and the Pennington County Natural Resource Division.

This data and the resulting LiDAR outputs will aid in the Black Hills National Forest Plan Revision process by providing valuable information for better planning and implementation of forest management and restoration activities. By ensuring appropriate and necessary treatments are utilized, the health and resiliency of the forest will be improved.

For more information, contact Amanda Morrison, Natural Resource Planner, at or (605) 394-2279.

GNA Information and Resources

CWSF/WFLC Resources

Authorizing Language and Relevant Legislation

USDA Forest Service/BLM Implementation Tools and Resources

State Agency Resources

Additional Resources

Contact Information and Submitting a Resource

To learn more about CWSF/WFLC GNA involvement, please contact Kelsey Delaney.

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