The National Forest Foundation is currently soliciting pre-proposals for its 2009 Matching Awards Program (MAP). The grant program provides matching funds on a 1:1 basis to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and Native American tribes to implement action-oriented, on-the-ground and citizen-based monitoring projects that benefit national forests and grasslands.
The Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) 2009 announcement is now available on grants.gov and the NRCS CIG national website. The closing date for applications is March 02, 2009. CIG is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.
RPM Ecosystems (a native plant nursery out of New York) has been working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on restoration efforts on the Gulf Coast with 35,000 native tree plantings on private landholdings damaged by the hurricanes in 2005. By May 2009, over 60,000 fast-growing trees from RPM will have been planted throughout the area.
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) provides funding for scientific studies to address problems associated with managing wildland fuels, fires, and fire-impacted ecosystems. The JFSP is soliciting start-up proposals to develop a national network of regional consortia working together to enhance fire science delivery and adoption within a specified geographic region. For more information, visit http://www.firescience.gov.
The American Forest Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2008 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Award for Forest Stewardship. This award recognizes NRCS State Conservationists for outstanding technical and financial assistance to private forestland owners on forest conservation activities. Any individual, organization, agency, and others may nominate an NRCS State Conservationist for this award.
The National Timber Tax Website is offering a webinar for foresters, landowners, agency staff, extension agents, and tax professionals regarding tax filing tips for timber transactions for the 2010 tax season, new tax form and incentives and the latest IRS regulation on timber. For more information on how to participate, visit http://www.timbertax.org/Email%20InvitationJan2010.pdf.
According to a recent press release, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is facing a budget shortfall of more than $5 million for fiscal year 2011. In light of this projection, State Forester Linda Casey said the agency is reviewing its entire structure. The AFC will be forced to reduce staffing by nearly one-third, affecting all services provided by the agency, including wildfire protection.
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