CFLR projects must engage in multiparty monitoring for at least 15 years after implementation commences to assess the ecological, social, and economic effects. Monitoring required by policy (e.g. plantation survival examinations) needs to be included in CFLRP projects. Proposals may also include project-specific monitoring. Monitoring will need to follow established protocols where they exist. Reportable ecological, social, and economic measures are also required for 5-year reporting to Congress. (Adapted from CFLRP Frequently Asked Questions)

CFLRP Monitoring Plan Examples

5-Year Reporting to Congress

In 2011, the National Forest Foundation led a process with collaborative partners and Forest Service representatives from each of the first 10 CFLR projects to develop a set of national indicators. Participants set as core principles that the indicators should maximize project autonomy and minimize additional reporting, while responding to the purpose of the authorizing legislation. The resulting five indicators, which form the basis of the 5-Year Report, address ecological issues, economy/jobs, fire costs, leveraged funds, and collaboration. The indicators are designed to tell a national story about CFLR, measure outcomes across projects, encourage regular collection and reporting of data, and provide a coarse-scale picture of programmatic impacts.

Ecological Indicator

In 2014 the NFF convened the Ecological Indicator Expert Panel to provide peer assistance and guidance during the reporting process. Resources developed by panel members include:

Collaboration Indicator

NFF and the CFLR Coalition coordinated two national surveys (in 2012 and 2014) to assess the successes and challenges of each of the 23 collaborative efforts. Survey results are provided below.

Background Information