ID Number 2007-101 Utilization and Marketing Projects Application NATIONAL FIRE PLAN COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE AND WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE PROJECTS Applicant Applicant/Organization: Chelan County Public Works Type of Applicant: B (County) Email: [email protected] Phone: 509-667-6415 FAX: 509-667-6250 Please Call Ahead for FAX: Off Please Call Ahead for FAX: Off Address (Street or P. O. Box, City, State, Zip): 316 Washington Street, Suite 402 Wenatchee, WA 98801 Project Coordinator Project Coordinator (Name and Title): Ms. Brenda Harn, Solid Waste Coordinator Organization/Jurisdiction: Chelan County Public Works Email: [email protected] Phone: 509-667-6415 FAX: 509-667-6250 Project Information Project Title: Chelan County Multiple Chipping Sites Project Location: Near communities of Leavenworth, Chelan, Wenatchee County: Chelan Congressional District: 4 Latitude: 473253.0 Longitude: 1203423.0 State the desired outcome in relation to NFP Goals and the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Project Objectives: In coordination with the CWPPs, this project will focus on Reducing fire threat to & protecting property/structures throughout Chelan County. Chelan County's goal is to reduce fire danger, and provide safe fire fighting areas througout Chelan County. Strategic collection sites are coordinated with the CWPP groups to best enhance all projects. By providing convenient sites for the stockpiling of trees, limbs, brush & other potential fuels for a period of time each year, residents will be motivated to gather and haul materials to centralized sites for chipping. Chelan County hopes to raise fire awareness throughout our arid area and create an ongoing fuels reduction program. Uses for the chips include the County Compost facility and mulch for commercial and residential moisture retention and noxious weed landscaping. Other uses for chips is being sought. We support the Feasibility Study by the Conservation District. Name of CWPP: Leavenworth, Chumstick, Ponderosa, Peshastin, Squilchuck, and Manson Name of Communit(y/ies) at Risk: Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Cashmere, Entiat, Chelan, Manson Proposed Project Start Date: 08/31/2006 Federal Funding Request: $159,288.00 Are you submitting multiple projects? No Proposed Project End Date: 12/30/2008 Total Project Cost: $216,104.00 If YES indicate the relationship of the projects to one another: If YES, please list the titles of projects by priority and briefly explain their relationship. Name of Federal, State or Tribal contact with whom you coordinated this proposal: Organization/Jurisdiction: 1) Mic Mueller United States Forest Service Phone 509-548-6977 2) Holly Myers Phone Washington State Department of Ecology 509-454-7898 3) Eddie Greer Phone Email [email protected] Email [email protected] Chelan County Public Utility District 509-661-4980 Email [email protected] Project Planning Information Name of Local Coordinating Group: Chelan County LCG - Chelan County Fire District Committee 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? The LCG held meetings, reviewed applications, evaluated & critiqued projects for improvement. List federal lands that are adjacent to the project and proximity. USFWS, USFS 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 Biomass Removal Acres 10000 Treatment Biomass Removal Acres 0 Treatment Biomass Removal Acres 0 Treatment Biomass Removal Acres 0 Treatment Mulch Acres 7000 If you have a treatment type other than standard types above: Treatment C0-Compost Acres 3000 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: Thinning materials, brush and trees generated from each CWPP and the general public will be collected and hauled to a centralized site near each community, where a large Grinder will reduce and chip potential fuels into a usefull biomass. Uses include dust control, noxious weed control, moisture retention, and use in Chelan County's Composting operation. Four of the chipping locations, Leavenworth, Dryden, Chumstick and Ponderosa generated wood chips will be produced into compost. In 2005, a non-grant year, the Department of Ecology supported composting operation made approximately 600 cu. yds. of compost. A mixture of biosolids, woodchips and grass is made into compost. Compost is in high demand, more than supply can meet. Currently Chelan County is only permitted to process the current status, with continued research for expansion. It is estimated that approximately 3000 acres per year will be treated as compost. All sites are in a wildland-urban interface. 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: This project will contribute to the economy by providing work to local landscapers, tree removal specialists and laborers that may be hired by local homeowners & small businesses in removing combustible fuels from property & around homes. The grant will increase property values, generate community pride, and may encourage startup business catering to safety & fire protection. One CWPP, (Leavenworth Neighborhood) estimated up to 50 jobs were created by their fuels treatment project 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: Numerous public agency's are partnering to make this project a reality, as well as several community groups. There are not any private businesses that are participating in this project. However, a grant is needed to determine the feasibility for the use of chipped biomass, where partnerships with private businesses are essential, such as co-generator. Opportunities are available to all private businesses, and as the County, we cannot create any unfair competitive advantages for any business D. If the project involves new product development, what evidence is there for economically viable and sustainable markets? (10 points) Response: The product, chips, have proven economically viable in the County compost operation. Currently, the demand for compost is much higher than the current supply. The Department of Ecology and County is in support of a larger compost facility, eventually. Other research, such as the feasibility study for a cogenerater may prove feasible. The fuels collected by the residents, once chipped can be utilized for several applications, including compost and mulch. 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: Yes, this grant may be a model in 2-3 different elements. The Dept of Ecology has a vested interest, as in 2007, all cities/lands within urban growth boundaries can not burn any type of materials, RCW 70.94.743. If options, are found to utilize wood materials, DOE will promote Chelan County's compost & chipping programs as an alternative to other counties. If the proposed co-geneartor (wood/methanol) study indicates economical feasibility, private businesses have committed interested. 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: Dealing with biomass from fire prevention activites to protect property will be ongoing in the expanding urban/forest interface for decades. The work would go on without funding, but grants in this area will always bring such work to the forefront. Partnerships between the County, PUD, & those involved in CWPPs will have to form, as in this grant, to best utilize any level of funding. Non-buring regs in the urban growth boundaries is a long term issue that the County must assist. 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: This project coordinates with numerous jurisdictions, as was in the past when similiar projects were funded through this grant program for Chelan County. However, during this application period, additional agencies and public community groups have formed an improved project. The CCWP's have assisted in forming networks with Fire Districts,Federal agencies, State agencies and our local municipalities. This cooperation lends itself to a more succesful collection and chipping project. 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: Chelan County has been working with the Local Fire Advisory Board, CCWP's; Leavenworth, Chumstick, Ponderosa, Squilchuck, Manson, Chelan County Conservation District, USFS, DNR, Washington Department of Ecology, and individuals. 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: Cost estimates were based on previous use of the grinder and past volumes of materials collected from both Chelan County's previous grants and the Leavenworth Neighbors' grants. 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: The partners include the Chelan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Leavenworth Neighbors, Chelan Work Group, Chumstick Community Group, Chelan County PUD, Dept. of Ecology Air Quality. B. How much cost-sharing is there for this project? (10 points) Response: The partners Chelan County, Chelan County PUD, and Department of Ecology will provide 27% match in services, including reduced equipment rental, waived tipping fees, providing advertisement and publicity, and site operations staff, and administration and supervising. Other agencies will provide land for siting collection and chipping sites, as well as coordinating staff efforts. C. What are the direct community benefits that will result from this project? (5 points) Response: Work opportunities-individuals & businesses; reduction in fuels/fire prevention in urban/forest interface; safe communities, improved tourism with reduced/eliminated fire & smoke; possible feasibility study for the utilization of chip. Project Work Form Tasks Time Frame Responsible Party Phase I: Coordinate with local agencies; confirm Spring, each year centralized sites; advertise to local communities of fuel reduciton opportunities Chelan County Solid Waste Phase II: Monitor all sies for accumulation and contaminants. Spring through mid-summer Chelan County Solid Waste Phase III: Coordinate with local PUD for the mobilization of grinder. Conduct chipping at all sites. Autumn - early winter Chelan County Solid Waste and Chelan County P.U.D. Re-evaluate chipping site locations and continue coordinating with local agencies for promotional efforts and education. Ongoing Chelan County Solid Waste. Project Budget Chelan County Chelan P.U.D. WA State Cost Category Description Federal Agency Applicant Partner 1 Dept Ecolog Conser Partner 2 Partner 3 Total Personnel $8,280.00 $1,280.00 $1,030.00 $0.00 $1,300.00 $11,890.00 $18,095.00 $4,760.00 $2,240.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,095.00 $26,375.00 $6,040.00 $3,270.00 $0.00 $1,300.00 $36,985.00 Coordinators $2,484.00 $384.00 $309.00 $0.00 $390.00 $3,567.00 Other, includes Dryden $5,429.00 $1,428.00 $672.00 $0.00 $0.00 $7,529.00 $7,913.00 $1,812.00 $981.00 $0.00 $390.00 $11,096.00 $0.00 $650.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $650.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $650.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $650.00 $76,000.00 $25,333.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $101,333.00 $0.00 $4,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,500.00 $76,000.00 $29,833.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $105,833.00 $0.00 $1,200.00 $0.00 $3,200.00 $0.00 $4,400.00 $1,000.00 $40.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,040.00 $1,000.00 $1,240.00 $0.00 $3,200.00 $0.00 $5,440.00 $39,300.00 $5,400.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $44,700.00 $8,700.00 $2,700.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $11,400.00 $48,000.00 $8,100.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $56,100.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $159,288.00 $47,675.00 $4,251.00 $3,200.00 $1,690.00 $216,104.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Wages-Cooridinators Other -Equipment Operat. Subtotal Fringe Benefits Subtotal Travel Subtotal Equipment 2400 Grinder Front-end loader, Dryden Subtotal Supplies Advertising Additional Signs Subtotal Contractual Excavator-Operated Truck-Operated Subtotal Other 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.