Hazardous Fuels Reduction (HFR) Program
Are you a landowner concerned about the health of your forested property? Do you live in a fire prone area? Do you have unhealthy or hazardous tree fuel build-up that needs to be thinned?
Then you may qualify for a 50x50 Cost Share Hazardous Fuels Reduction grant.
Hazardous Fuels Treatment Grant funding may be available to assist private landowners and communities living in the Wildland-Urban Interface within Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli Counties as follows:
- 1. Assist private landowners and communities reduce hazardous fuels while improving forest health on private lands, and
- 2. Help landowners create and maintain defensible space around their homes from wildland fire, and
- 3. Improve the health and vigor of private forest lands.
Applications from individual landowners, groups of homeowners, and communities are solicited yearlong. See the application below.
To treat 500 to 700 + acres per year (based on funding supply) of private lands to reduce fire risk and improve forest health, thus protecting lives, property, and other values at risk.
Hazardous Fuels Cost Share Application
Hazardous Fuels In-Kind Documentation
In-Kind Documentation Instructions
The Bitter Root RC&D Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program was established in 2001 after catastrophic fires had gripped the Bitterroot Valley for nearly 3 months in 2000. This program offers grant funds on a cost‐share basis to private landowners who want to perform hazardous fuel reduction work on their land. The effort is made to work in coordination with areas adjacent to USFS and DNRC hazardous fuels reduction projects, thus broadening the area of treatment impact. Local neighborhoods are also encouraged to work together to create a local microcosm of greater fire protection. In order to make this all happen, many partnerships have been developed with federal, state, local and private organizations who have similar goals.
- $3,536,604 received in grant funds to the Bitter Root RC&D 3‐county area.
- $2.6 million in grant funds utilized to date.
- $2.9 million in matching landowner contributions to date.
- $462,000 in grant funds to support other RC&Ds in Montana.
- Nearly 5,100 private land acres signed‐up.
- Nearly 4,200 of those acres have treatment completed.
- 687 private landowners participating.
- 602 landowners completed treatment plan.
- 445 project areas hired private contactors.
Landowners and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) receive award from Bob Harrington, Dept. Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) for participation in Bitter Root RC&D Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program. This willingness to support on-the-ground hazardous fuels treatment effectively protected 80 residences abutting NWF land.