The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its new Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program, which is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests, rivers, and streams for the region's native bird and freshwater fish populations.
Up to $1.3 million is available this year for grants in the Appalachian region of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants will be awarded in two categories: habitat restoration grants and focal geography grants.
The program supports on-the-ground restoration projects and applied science aimed at enhancing the age and structural diversity of forests in the region; improving the quality of habitat in river and stream systems, especially for eastern brook trout, eastern hellbender, and threatened and endangered freshwater mussels and their host species; and restoring the integrity and complexity of streamside forests, especially those providing habitat for Louisiana water thrush and eastern brook trout.
The foundation will host informational workshops for potential applicants on June 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh and June 26, 2017, in Blacksburg, Virginia. An informational webinar also will be held on June 27, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
For complete program guidelines and application procedures, see the NFWF website.