The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Angeles National Forest, has issued a Request for Proposals for a new grant program to help restore Angeles National Forest watersheds.
In 2017, NFWF will be issuing more than $17 million in grants to restore watersheds affected by the Copper, Sayre, and Ranch fires.
A series of wildfires between 2002 and 2008 — the Copper, Sayre, and Ranch fires — burned approximately 37,000 acres of national forest lands and left a significant impact on the landscapes, watersheds, and ecosystems of the region. Through this new program, NFWF will support projects that provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits, promote ecological resilience to future wildfire events, improve the forest's capacity to identify and address resource management issues stemming from these fires, and repair infrastructure such as trails and roads damaged by fire, particularly where they have a discernible connection to the goals of ecological restoration.
To be eligible, projects must inform, or result in, the improvement, protection, and/or rehabilitation of ecosystems and watersheds within National Forest System lands impacted by the designated fire scars. Project descriptions must clearly describe the need for the proposed project as rendered necessary by the impacts of the fire(s) where the activities are focused. In addition, project outcomes and deliverables must provide a direct and practical contribution toward ANF fire recovery program goals.
Funding decisions are based on the ability of the applicant organization to implement strategies that achieve the program priorities and result in measurable conservation outcomes. Grant awards will range in size from $25,000 to $500,000 per project, although additional funding may be allocated for projects with large benefits or multiyear projects that implement annual restoration and/or conservation actions.
The ratio of matching contributions offered is considered during the review process, and projects, to be competitive, are expected to meet or exceed a 50 percent match ratio. The strongest projects will meet or exceed a one-to-one match ratio. Projects not meeting the match expectations will be considered on a limited case-by-case basis. Eligible matches can include non-federal cash or in-kind contributions such as staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, and cash or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. The cost of recent land or water acquisition or easement may also qualify as match for a project involving work at the acquired site.
Open houses will be held on April 12, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Angeles National Forest Training and Conference Center in Arcadia, and April 13, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office in Acton.
Pre-proposals must be submitted no later than May 3, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 23, 2017.
For complete program guideline and application instructions, see the NFWF website.