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National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service Announce $169,000 in Grants

Posted by Renee Magyar on July 30, 2013

These grants will support community-based organizations and collaboratives in Washington and Oregon

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 29, 2013

CONTACTS:

Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, National Forest Foundation, 206-832-8280

Sarah A. Levy, U.S. Forest Service, 503-808-2816

Portland, Ore. -The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), is pleased to announce the recipients of the most recent round of Community Capacity and Land Stewardship (CCLS) grants. The CCLS grant program is designed to assist forest collaboratives and community-based organizations in reaching agreement on landscape scale restoration and in creating forest-based jobs.

The goals of this capacity building grant program include supporting sustainable and diversified job growth that fosters healthy communities, as well as healthy forests and watersheds throughout the region. 

"Building capacity in rural communities is essential to sustaining healthy forests and healthy communities," said Regional Forester Kent Connaughton. "We are pleased with the work of our partners and hope that these grants will support local community organizations working in National Forests."

The U.S. Forest Service provided funding for these NFF-administered grants. Each grant is limited to no more than $24,000 and can be used for work including, but not limited to: organization and staff support, action plan development, community outreach, training related to facilitation, and travel related to collaborative group activities.

Grants are competitively evaluated by an engaged partnership of regional conservation leaders including Sustainable Northwest, Oregon Solutions, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation, providing invaluable insights that further enhance this collaborative grant program.

Nine awards were made, totaling $169,487. The next call for proposals is expected to be announced during the fall of 2013. Collaboratives and community-based organizations working on watershed and landscape-scale restoration throughout Washington and Oregon are eligible to apply for CCLS funds. This includes 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; state, local, and Tribal governments; and educational institutions.

"We are honored to partner with the Forest Service and other partners in the implementation of this innovative capacity-building program," said Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, NFF Northwest Regional Director. "Through this grant program we aim to support the groups working diligently on the ground for the benefit of communities and the region's National Forests."

This year marks the third year the Forest Service Pacific Northwest region helped invest in capacity building through this grant program, with additional in-kind contributions by Sustainable Northwest and Oregon Solutions. During the first two years of the grant program, additional funding was generously provided by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. 

The following is a list of grant recipients and the National Forests with which they partner:

Recipients:

Clackamas Stewardship Partners

Long-Term Strategic Planning and Multi-Party Monitoring Coordinator

Mt. Hood National Forest

Josephine County Stewardship Group

Community Forestry Projects and Education in the Illinois Valley

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Mt. Adams Resource Stewards

Growing Collaborative Capacity through Landscape Assessment

Gifford Pinchot National Forest 

North Santiam Watershed Council

Stewardship Contracting for Industry Development and All-Lands Approach to Restore Watershed Health

Willamette National Forest

Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative

Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative Development

Ochoco National Forest 

Pinchot Partners

Expanding Community Capacity Building

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership

Elk Creek Watershed Restoration Project

Umpqua National Forest

Umatilla Forest Collaborative Group

Cool and Moist, and Warm and Dry Forest Connection

Umatilla National Forest

Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board

North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest