The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has issued an RFP for its Los Padres National Forest Wildfires Restoration Grant Program.
The Los Padres National Forest spans nearly two million acres in the Coast and Transverse ranges of central and southern California. Stretching across almost 220 miles north to south, the forest encompasses land from the Big Sur coast in Monterey County to the western edge of Los Angeles County. Among the most biologically diverse national forests in California, LPNF is uniquely situated within one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, contains a wide variety of distinctive habitats and ecosystems, is the stronghold of species like the California condor, and is one of the last refuges of the Southern California Coast Steelhead.
The Zaca Fire in 2007, the Piru Fire in 2003 and the Jesusita Fire in 2009 were noteworthy wildfire events affecting the Los Padres National Forest. Combined, these two fires burned over 280,000 acres of national forest lands and left a significant impact on the landscapes, watersheds, and ecosystems of the region. The Los Padres National Forest has partnered with NFWF to restore the watersheds and ecosystems affected by these three fires. Through this program, NFWF will invest approximately $3 million in projects that provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits, promote ecological resilience to future wildfire events, address resource management issues stemming from these fires, and repair critical infrastructure such as trails, roads, and fuel breaks damaged by the fire, particularly where they have a discernible connection to the goals of ecological restoration.
Grant awards will range in size from $25,000 to $250,000 per project.
To be eligible for funding, projects must facilitate or inform the improvement, protection, or rehabilitation of ecosystems and watersheds within and/or adjacent to U.S. Forest Service-administered land 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 activities are focused, and project outcomes and deliverables must provide a direct and practical contribution toward LPNF fire recovery program goals.
Pre-proposals must be received no later than January 25, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 8, 2018.
See the NFWF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.