GNA Information and Resources

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GNA Information and Resources

Introduction

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. 


GNA Spotlight - May 2022

Authored by Andrew Frederick, Resource Management Bureau Chief, New Mexico State Forestry Division

The Box Canyon Fuels Reduction Good Neighbor Authority Project between the Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Forest Service with state funding enhances the function of one of the last intact watersheds (Upper Arroyo de Manzano) in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico. 

The Box Canyon Project is a 300-acre USDA Forest Service land project in the Upper Arroyo de Manzano watershed. The project completed restoration treatments designed to reduce the threat of high-intensity wildfire by reducing the fuels on the remaining unburned forested watersheds in the central Manzanos. 

This project was prioritized in the Torrance County and Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (district) 2016 Community Wildfire Protection Plans and the 2017 NM Communities at Risk. This project allowed the Mountainair Ranger District to improve watershed health, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities, as well as provide fuelwood and small-diameter raw wood material to the local community. This project benefited the Manzano Mutual Domestic Water Association and the Manzano Ditch Association, along with continued development of a landscape scale fuel break to help protect the villages of Manzano and Punta de Agua, NM.  

The project was funded through New Mexico State Forestry to the district. The district partnered with New Mexico Forest Industry Association, which was able to bid the thinning work out to several thinning contractors to help maintain a workforce, especially through these dire economic times.  

For more information about this project, contact Dierdre L. Tarr, District Manager. 

Photo Credit: Vernon Kohler


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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