The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and our federal partner, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), are pleased to announce funding for the Northern California Forests and Watersheds Program (Program). This funding program will aid the recovery of lands and watersheds degraded from the influences of past wildfire events as well as restore Sierra Nevada meadows and remove targeted fish passage barriers.
Much of this funding will address the wildfire impact on the Lassen National Forest (LNF) from Storrie Fire. Specifics on this Program’s projects and focus can be found in our Restoration Strategy which is a precursor to a future Northern California Forests and Watersheds business plan. Additionally, NFWF will fund California Sierra Nevada meadow restoration projects that will benefit the Desert Terminal Lakes basins.
Full Proposal Due Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Through active collaboration, NFWF and USFS established a Restoration Strategy which aims to provide targeted watershed-scale projects to accomplish the highest return on conservation outcomes and return on investments.
Through this collaborative strategy, the goals of this competitive grant program are to:
- Support projects that strategically address impacts to watersheds affected by the wildfires referenced above;
- Identify and fund projects that provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits to the forest/watersheds;
- Improve infrastructure on National Forests, such as culverts and other fish barriers, to improve overall watershed health, resilience, and wildlife access to important habitat;
- Promote projects that provide additional efficiency and innovation to improve forest health, and
- Among the projects identified, restore and protect cultural and tribal resources where necessary.
Overall, $2.5 million is available for this RFP. Approximately $1.46 million will be available to implement restoration actions within the watersheds affected by the Storrie Fire, and $1.04 million will be available for California Sierra Nevada meadow implementation projects that benefit the Desert Terminal Lakes basins. Successful proposals will address one or more of the Program’s goals and priorities described below.
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