GNA Information and Resources

Photo Credit: Laura Wagner


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 - November 2023, Idaho

Mercy Fire left, Albeni GNA timber sale unit and dozer line right. Photo: Jon Songster.

Authored by Jon Songster, Bureau Chief - GNA, Idaho Department of Lands 

The Scattered Lands Project was developed through a collaborative process of planning, prioritizing,
and implementing hazardous fuel reduction work under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act and Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). 

The project area is located in Bonner County, Idaho on the Sandpoint Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. On August 19th, during red flag conditions, a human-caused wildfire started in an area recently treated through a GNA thinning contract and timber sale. Due to the removal of the ladder fuels, the fire stayed on the ground and was able to be contained at just 3 acres. Idaho Department of Lands fire crews used the adjacent Albeni GNA timber sale unit to construct a dozer line to contain the fire before spreading to adjacent residential properties and industrial timberlands private timberlands.

For more information, contact Jon Songster.

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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