$1,783,000 Available to Fund California Forests & Watersheds Resilience by Caroline Minasian Mar 30, 2020 Water News The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Forest Service have announced funding for the California Forests and Watersheds Infrastructure Resilience Program. The geographic focus is on the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, Six Rivers, Lassen, Mendocino, and Los Padres National Forests. Highest project priorities include, but are not limited to, the following: Watershed/aquatic organism passage restoration; Landscape level restoration; Meadow restoration; Native species restoration and non-native species control; Fuels management; and Recreational use management of trails, roads, and campsites. Eligible applicants include state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Proposals are due April 22. More information is available on the NFWF website. Background The national forests eligible for this program include more than 15.1 million acres, overlap with 250 watersheds and 13 major rivers, and stretch across 26 counties. These forests provide nearly half of the state’s high-quality water supply and are home to more than 300 wildlife species. The Resilience Program identifies the following two main goals: Restore, sustain and enhance the nation’s forests and grasslands by fostering ecosystems to mitigate climate change; through strategic land management, mitigating wildfire risk, and conserving open space; and Deliver and sustain the benefits of the National Forests to the American public by providing abundant clear water, strengthening communities, and connecting people to the outdoors.