The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals from within the New England states to restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers that provide habitat for diverse native bird populations, as well as freshwater and diadromous fish populations. The program will advance this goal by investing in projects that:
- Strengthen the health of forest systems by improving the management of public and private forestlands to create a mosaic of mixed age forests in the region;
- Provide incentives to strengthen habitat conservation on working forests through flexible technical assistance that is appropriate for the forest stage(s) being targeted;
- Improve the quality of river and stream systems through targeted riparian and stream restoration;
- Reduce barriers to fish passage and increase fish access to high-quality habitat, thereby increasing overall aquatic connectivity; and
- Enhance biodiversity of forest and river systems and increase populations of species representative of system health, such as New England cottontail, American woodcock, Bay-breasted warbler, Canada warbler, wood thrush, river herring and Eastern brook trout.
Up to $1.5 million is available this year. Funding is provided by Eversource’s Partners for New Hampshire’s Fish and Wildlife, the American Forest Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Registration for the March 30, 2017, webinar on this grant program hosted by American Forest Foundation (AFF). AFF will be providing assistance for projects that work with family woodland owners. AFF wishes to aid potential applicants beginning with the proposal development process.