This Fund will award grants to expand bottom land hardwood and wetland restoration, enhancement, conservation, and protection on private and public lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Major funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service, International Paper’s Forestland Stewards Partnership, the Walton Family Foundation, and the American Forest Foundation’s Southern Woods for At-Risk Wildlife partnership.
The fund has five different strategies and projects should effectively implement one or more of the strategies detailed below. Strategies 1 and 2 are high priorities for the Fund in 2019 and preference will be given to projects that incorporate these strategies. For projects focused on working with private landowners, special emphasis will be placed on projects to engage beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, limited resource farmers or ranchers, Tribes and veteran farmers and ranchers.
1. Enhance and Maintain Existing Bottomland Hardwood Forests
2. Restore and Enhance Wetland Forest and Floodplain Hydrology and Improve Water Quality
3. Establish Bottomland Hardwood Forests
4. Expand and Coordinate Private Landowner Technical Assistance and Outreach
5. Protect Bottomland Forest and Wetland Habitats
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
The application deadline is January 24, 2019.