As part of its Southwest Rivers Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is requesting proposals for the restoration, protection, and enhancement of riparian species and their habitats in the headwaters of the Rio Grande watershed.
Under this RFP, NFWF will provide funding to projects that produce measurable conservation outcomes for species in the riparian corridors of the headwaters region of the Rio Grande, which includes the main stem and headwater tributaries of the Rio Grande in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico, as well as the headwaters of the Rio Chama, Jemez River, and Rio Puerco. Projects should address the leading factors in aquatic species decline, including habitat alteration, environmental change, and invasive species. Priority species include Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Rio Grande chub, Rio Grande sucker, and North American beaver.
Priority restoration activities that address key limiting factors for priority species in the Rio Grande headwaters region include riparian habitat restoration and enhancement; instream restoration and enhancement; increased water availability for species and their habitats and/or removal of barriers to flow; and/or reintroduction and translocation of focal species.
Up to $465,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and private foundations will be made available through this opportunity.
NFWF will be hosting an applicant webinar on July 16. (Registration required.) Full proposals are due August 8 by 9:59 MT, with final awards to be announced in November.
See the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website for the complete program description, a list of project metrics, eligibility and evaluation criteria, and application instructions.