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Feature Story

December 2017

Grants Awarded for Urban Water & Wildlife Habitat Restoration

By Dave Ramont

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) exists to protect and restore our nation's wildlife and habitats, directing public conservation dollars to pressing environmental needs and matching those investments with private contributions. And now they've announced 65 grant awards, earmarked for restoring urban waters and wildlife habitat. The grants, totaling $2.5 million, are spread out across 27 states and the District of Columbia, with grantees pledging an additional $5.2 million in local project support.

More than 250 applicants vied for the grants, which were awarded through the foundation's Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. And while water quality issues were important to the foundation, so was developing community awareness and stewardship of natural resources.

Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF, explained how these projects will involve and educate thousands of local residents and students in the restoration of streams, wetlands and coastal habitats, while planting the seeds of good stewardship. "The critical work done by our grantees will build on a long history of conservation success made possible by the public and private-sector partners supporting the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program,” he said.

Funding was granted to projects that were focused on wetland, riparian, in-stream and coastal habitat restoration. The projects must aim to engage a diverse group of community members and partners, with the goal of preserving their natural resources for future generations, while creating hospitable habitats for local wildlife. Some of the issues that these projects will address include pollution from stormwater runoff, erosion due to unstable streambanks, and shorelines that have been degraded by development. And while hands-on field work is a crucial component, developing education and training opportunities is also an important aspect, whether it's through participation in K-12 curriculum or community outreach efforts.

Support for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program in 2017 is provided by the Wildlife Habitat Council, with major funding by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx and Southern Company.

"By partnering together with the NFWF, private partners and other federal agencies, the Forest Service is proud to help communities accomplish their restoration goals,” said Victoria Christiansen, deputy chief of state and private forestry for the U.S. Forest Service. "We are committed to sustaining our nation's forests and grasslands through partnerships that engage people directly in the stewardship of their natural resources.”

To date, the program has involved nearly 900 projects in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Support has included more than $10.7 million in federal funds, $9.3 million in private and corporate contributions and $72.2 million in matching funds at the local level.

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