ID Number 2007-98 Utilization and Marketing Projects Application NATIONAL FIRE PLAN COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE AND WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE PROJECTS Applicant Applicant/Organization: Chelan County Conservation District Type of Applicant: B (County) Email: [email protected] Phone: 509-664-0268 FAX: 509-664-0255 Please Call Ahead for FAX: Off Address (Street or P. O. Box, City, State, Zip): 301 Yakima St. Room 307 Wenatchee, WA 98801 Project Coordinator Project Coordinator (Name and Title): Mr. Michael Rickel, Natural Resource Specialist Organization/Jurisdiction: Chelan County Conservation District Email: [email protected] Phone: 509-644-0268 FAX: 509-664-0255 Please Call Ahead for FAX: Off Project Information Project Title: Chelan County Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study Project Location: Chelan County, WA County: Chelan Congressional District: 4 Latitude: 47.5 Longitude: -120.5 State the desired outcome in relation to NFP Goals and the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Project Objectives: Multiple citizen and agency fuels reduction projects across Chelan County are generating massive amounts of biomass. This biomass is either being chipped or burned creating air pollution. This project would partner with the University of Washington, the Yakama Nation, Chelan County PUD, Longview Fibre, and others to determine the feasibity of using this biomass in a method to benefit the local economy. A co-generation plant, biodiesel production, small business utilization, fuel logs and other uses are envisioned. A pilot project using Chelan County's large chipper will be implemented. In addition, this project compliments efforts identified in the five Community Wildfire Protection Plans developed to date. Approximately 4 more CWPPs are expected to be completed in Chelan County to complete the entire County. It is expected that this project will also complements those CWPPs as well. Name of CWPP: Five Chelan County CWPPs are applicable Name of Communit(y/ies) at Risk: Leavenworth, Manson, Cashmere, Peshastin, Squilchuk Proposed Project Start Date: 10/01/2006 Federal Funding Request: $60,000.00 Are you submitting multiple projects? Yes Proposed Project End Date: 09/30/2007 Total Project Cost: $86,000.00 If YES indicate the relationship of the projects to one A (Stand Alone) another: If YES, please list the titles of projects by priority and briefly explain their relationship. This project complements existing fuels reduction projects in Chelan County, expected future fuels reduction projects, as well as large forest land owners. It can stand alone, but it is a valuable part of ongoing efforts to reduce fuel loads in Chelan County. If this project applicaiton is successful it will lead to increased effeciency of other fuel reduction projects. The other grants are: Leavenworth Neighbors Fire Project PhaseIV and Chumstick Fire Project. Name of Federal, State or Tribal contact with whom you coordinated this proposal: Organization/Jurisdiction: 1) Vaughan Marable, District Ranger U.S.F.S./ Wenatchee River Ranger District Phone Email [email protected] 509-548-6977 Ext. 200 2) Len Riggin, Fire Prevention Coordinator WA DNR/Southeast Region Phone Email [email protected] 509-925-0969 3) Jim White, Alternative Energy Director Phone 509-663-8121 Chelan County PUD Email [email protected] Project Planning Information Name of Local Coordinating Group: Chelan County LCG (Fire Advisory Board) For this project, explain the level of cooperation, coordination or strategic planning, through a "Local Coordination Group." If you have not worked with a local coordination group, why not? This project application is the result of extensive cooridination amoung the members of the LCG List federal lands that are adjacent to the project and proximity. USFS, USFWS, and BLM lands are all located in Chelan County Will this project utilize fuels from an adjacent current fuel reduction project on federal lands or to one that is planned within the next three years? Yes Please indicate planned treatments and associated acres: Treatment Hand Pile Burn Acres 1 Treatment Hand Pile Burn Acres 1 Treatment Hand Pile Burn Acres 1 Treatment Hand Pile Burn Acres 1 Treatment Acres 0 If you have a treatment type other than standard types above: Treatment Acres 0 Project Evaluation Criteria Applications for funding must include narrative responses that address the following criteria. Be sure you address every one briefly, yet thoroughly. 1. Increasing utilization, management and economic impacts of woody material removed in fuels management and forest restoration activities (60 points) A. Will biomass, thinnings or other surplus forest fuels be utilized? If so, in what manner and how much? How many acres will be treated? Are any of these acres within the wildland-urban interface? If so, how many? (20 points) Response: Currently there are a lot of projects occuring on private and federal lands in the WUII that generate a tremendous amount of wood material and most of it is not utilized. This project would research and recommend a means of how best to utilize this material. It is expected that this project may result in a cogeneration plant producing a marketable product (biodesial, electricity). The objective would be to provide a means to utilize all the wood material generated from all fuels reduction projects and other forest management practices. B. Will the project improve the local economy in terms of jobs and sustainable economic activity? If so, how many and what type of jobs will be created or retained (i.e., wage-scale, full-time equivalent), and for how long? What percent of the jobs are expected to be filled from the local labor force? (10 points) Response: The goal of this project is to find the best means to utilize biomass generated from fuels reduction, home landscape clean up, federal and private forest management practices and in the future. This would benefit the local economy by increasing the jobs associated with this type of work. In the long term it is expected that all of the jobs would come from the local labor force. However, the initial study would likely be conducted by an out of area professor and doctoral student from the UW. C. Are there private businesses involved in this project? If so, what are their roles and investment? How will the project be structured to minimize or eliminate te perception of use of public funding to create an unfair competitive advantage for those private businesses involved? (10 points) Response: Yes, private businesses are involved. Both small and corporate private forest owners have committed to provide tons of wood material for a biomass utilization project that is currently either costing them money to get rid of or being burned. Private role would be to provide material and the material would then be converted into an energy source that is managed by the local Public Utility District. Income generated would go back into the this project and supporting continued operation. D. If the project involves new product development, what evidence is there for economically viable and sustainable markets? (10 points) Response: This project involves developing a study on the feasibility of a biomass utilization study. The product will be a report that explains how Chelan County can best develop a biomass utilization plant. E. Can this project be offered as a model for other communities or businesses? If so, why and how will results of this project be disseminated or made available? (5 points) Response: It is expected that this project would result in moving Chelan County towards being a model for the western United States for biomass utilization for private business and government organization. Information that results from the study will be made available via web sites (PUD, Conservation District, UW), periodicals (newsletter and newspaper articles) and other publications (UW, etc.) F. How will the project be sustained beyond project timelines? If public funding will continue to be needed, why, how much, and for how long? (5 points) Response: This project would be the starting point from which future efforts would begin. Specifically, it is expected this project would result in steps needed to implement a project. These steps may include additional grant applications to federal and state funding sources but these applications would highlight the local 2. Taking Advantage of Existing Networks, previously-funded projects and knowledge. (20 points) A. How does this project take advantage of relevant, existing networks and the results from previously-funded projects or commercial operations? (10 points) Response: Leavenworth Neighborhoods is in its 4th year of fuels reduction. Chelan County mixes chips from its chipper with biosolids from Leavenworth's Sewage Treatment Plant creating a marketable compost. Chelan County generates more biomass than it can use. Commercial brush clearings have provide a limited source of firewood and mulch. Longview Fibre generates significant quantities of biomass in their operation that may be used. Chelan County PUD now ships chips to Colville's hogfuel plant. B. Who and what (individuals, businesses, organizations, reports, studies, Internet sites, etc.) were consulted to ensure the best information available was used in designing this project proposal? (5 points) Response: USFS, WA DNR, Yakama Nation, University of WA, Chelan County PUD, WA DOE, Chelan County Public Works, Oregon Dept of Forestry C. How did your group arrive at your cost structure for all of the main areas including: personnel, equipment, supplies, and overhead? (5 points) Response: Experience with similar projects with consulting firms. Consultation with University of WA 3. Expanding community participation and collaboration. (20 Points) A. Who are the partners and community members involved in planning and implementing the project? (5 points) Response: University of WA, Yakama Nation, Leavenworth Neighborhoods and Cumstick Community Groups, Longview Fibre, Chelan County PUD, Chelan County Public Works. B. How much cost-sharing is there for this project? (10 points) Response: $15,000 C. What are the direct community benefits that will result from this project? (5 points) Response: The first benefit will be a plan that lays out the steps needed for Chelan County to begin implementing the steps necessary to utilize biomass. Reduction of smoke. Generation of renewable energy (electricity, heat, and fuels are a possibility) Project Work Form Tasks Time Frame Responsible Party Determine scope of study Fall 2006 CCCD working with Leavenworth Neighbors, CC PUD, CC Public Works, Longview Fibre, WA DNR and others (Committee) Send Requests for Proposals Fall/Winter 2006 CCCD Negotiate and award contract Winter 2007 CCCD Conduct Study 2007-2008 Contractor with CCCD and Committee monitoring Review Study Results December 2008 CCCD and Committee Project Budget Cost Category Description Federal Agency Applicant Chelan Longview Leavenworth County Fibre Neighbor Partner 1 Partner 2 Partner 3 Total Personnel CCCD Admin Committee Review/Outreach Subtotal $7,500.00 $2,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,000.00 $5,000.00 $9,000.00 $7,500.00 $2,500.00 $0.00 $4,000.00 $5,000.00 $19,000.00 $2,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,500.00 $2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $55,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $55,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,500.00 $1,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,500.00 $1,500.00 $63,000.00 $2,500.00 $5,000.00 $9,000.00 $6,500.00 $86,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Fringe Benefits CCCD Subtotal Travel CCCD Travel Subtotal Equipment Chipper Subtotal Supplies Printed Material/Maps Subtotal Contractual Consultant Subtotal Other Grad Student Housing Subtotal Total Costs Project (Program) Income 1 (using deductive alternative) 1 Program income is the gross revenue generated by a grant or cooperative agreement supported activity during the life of the grant. Program income can be made by recipients from fees charged for conference or workshop attendance, from rental fees earned from renting out real property or equipment acquired with grant or cooperative agreement funds, or from the sale of commodities or items developed under the grant or cooperative agreement. The use of Program Income during the project period may require prior approval by the granting agency.