The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to address a variety of forest health and resilience needs in California. This Request For Proposals (RFP) seeks to support voluntary efforts across nine key areas:
Forest Revegetation for Carbon Benefits
Fuels Management Projects across the region
Fuels Management Monitoring and Species Response
Transportation Infrastructure and Aquatic Organism Passage Improvements on, or Adjacent to USFS lands
Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration to Benefit Desert Terminal Lakes
Technical Assistance funding for wildfire resilience in the Russian River watersheds
Wetland restoration within the San Francisco Bay Delta
Implement species specific management actions to increase northern spotted owl occupancy on public and private lands in Mendocino, Co.
Improve resiliency of native rainbow trout populations by embryonic translocation in southern California.
Details for each of the eligible activities presented in this opportunity are provided in the sections below. Collectively, this funding opportunity continues NFWF’s efforts toward improving Forest Health and Watershed Resilience across California and complements the goals of many of our public and private partners who are working to protect, restore, and conserve California’s critical forested environments. This funding opportunity seeks to award approximately $5,623,000 million in grants. Major funding for this RFP comes from the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Occidental Petroleum, Sierra Pacific Industries, and the Bezos Earth Fund.
As part of the RFP, the Service is providing $270,000 to support monitoring and analysis of fuels treatments in northern California/Sierra Nevada forested environments. Monitoring projects will be reviewed and provide support to the Fuels Monitoring Working Group co-chaired by the Service and NFWF. The working group supports the “Forest Fuels Reduction and Species Conservation in California” MOU by assessing the monitoring of fuel reduction treatments with respect to benefits to sensitive species. The RFP (monitoring portion) is open to non-profit organizations, State and local agencies, Tribes, and universities.
Proposals which provide measurable contributions for selected goals and outcomes to NFWF’s California Forests and Watersheds Business Plan will be given priority consideration.