OR Dept. of Forestry release – SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) are looking to fund collaborative groups engaged in forest restoration or stewardship on lands in Oregon managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Forest Collaboratives Grant Program has half a million dollars to give to support work that increases the number, acreage and complexity of restoration projects on federal lands in Oregon. About half the land in Oregon – around 32 million acres – is managed by the U.S. Forest Service or BLM. Some $200,000 is targeted to strengthen Collaborative Governance for established forest collaborative organizations. Another $300,000 is focused on advancing collaborative Zones of Agreement for restoration that includes vegetation projects on lands managed by the US Forest Service or BLM. For definitions and eligible project activities, please refer to the guidance document. Read the guidance document for Federal Forest Restoration Collaborative Project Development for full eligibility requirements. Application deadline: Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 by 5 p.m. How to Apply: Federal Forest Restoration Collaborative Project Development applications are available via OWEB’s online application website: https://apps.wrd.state.or.us/apps/oweb/oa/. An OWEB Online Grant Management System (OGMS) login is required to access the online grant application. Only one login per organization is allowed. If no login exists for the applicant’s organization, please email Leilani Sullivan at Leilani.email@example.com to request one. Include the following in your email: Organization name and address. Grantee contact information: name, title, email address, and phone number for the person who will receive all communication from OWEB and sign any grant agreements. Payee contact information: name, email address, and phone number for the person who keeps records and submits payment requests and documentation. FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number). OWEB may enter into agreements only with legally established entities. OWEB will review potential applicants prior to creating an OGMS login. For general questions and questions about the Online Application, contact: Kathy Leopold, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, 971-345-7017 or Kathy.Leopold@oweb.oregon.gov or Eric Hartstein, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, 503-910-6201 or Eric.Hartstein@OWEB.oregon.gov. For questions about Eligible Project Types, contact: Kyle Sullivan-Astor, Oregon Department of Forestry, 541-285-8685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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