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Enhancement Program

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Introduction

The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council is working with qualified organizations to implement environmental enhancement projects across 140,000 acres of Watershed Lands located primarily within the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges.

The following types of enhancement projects will be funded by the Stewardship Council:

  • Protection projects that include both non-physical activities such as background studies, resource surveys, and management plans, as well as physical activities such as installing fencing, berms, boulders, vehicle barriers, signage, etc.
  • Restoration projects that include physical activities, such as meadow restoration, riparian habitat restoration, revegetation, fuels treatments, etc.
  • Improvement projects that include physical activities such as the development of additional trails, day use areas, parking areas, onsite structure improvements, noxious weed treatments, etc.

Program and Project Considerations

The selection, funding, and implementation of environmental enhancement projects on the watershed lands will be based on the following considerations:

  • Contribution to preservation or enhancement of one or more of the six BPV
  • Stakeholder support
  • Feasibility of timely implementation of the proposed project
  • Capacity of project sponsor to implement proposal
  • Geographical distribution of enhancement funding across the watershed lands
  • Contributes to or catalyzes other activities
  • Leveraging of funding from other sources
  • Benefits which extend beyond the subject Watershed Lands
  • Provides significant and meaningful conservation and stewardship opportunities for youth

Eligible Grant Applicants and Awardees

Organizations eligible to apply for and receive grant funding from the Stewardship Council for enhancement projects must meet the following criteria:

  • A federal and California tax-exempt organization under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(l) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code; a public agency as defined in Section 170(c)(1) or Section 511(a)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code; or a federally or state recognized tribe.
  • In existence for at least one fiscal year prior to the date of the application.
  • An annual operating budget that exceeded $100,000 in the prior fiscal year.

Additional Information

If your organization is interested in working with the Stewardship Council to develop an enhancement project proposal on the watershed lands, please contact the Stewardship Council at (650) 372-9047.

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