Thursday, September 19, 2013

NFF and Forest Service Announce $113,000 in Grants to Support California Watersheds and Communities

DAVIS, Calif. —The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (USFS) have announced the recipients of $113,000 in grants to improve landscape conditions, forest health and water quality in California. The Community Capacity and Land Stewardship grant program helps forest collaboratives and community-based organizations reach agreement on landscape scale restoration and create forest-based jobs.

Grants will be awarded to Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, Camptonville Community Partnership, Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, The Watershed Research and Training Center and Yosemite Stanislaus Solution.

From forest restoration around the Rim Fire to a forest biomass center near Tahoe, important community conservation efforts get a boost thanks to grants funded by the USFS and administered by the NFF. The goals of this program include supporting sustainable and diversified job growth that fosters healthy communities, as well as healthy forests and watersheds throughout the region. By working together, communities are able to invest in and advance a shared vision of long‐term ecological, economic and social sustainability.

“Sustaining healthy forests and healthy communities is a primary goal of the U.S. Forest Service,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore. “This program builds capacity across the landscape and helps us reach our land management goals while supporting and working together with our community partners.”

The Community Capacity and Land Stewardship program was developed as a partnership between the NFF and the USFS. The program provides capacity‐building support for local collaborative efforts that work toward improving landscape conditions, forest health and water quality.

“We are honored to work with such great partners to implement this innovative capacity building program for the benefit of community forests, water and wildlife,” said Vance Russell, regional director of the National Forest Foundation’s California Programs. “We hope this program will be scaled up and replicated in other regions across the country.” Supporting a shared commitment to collaborative efforts further enhances California’s natural resource and watershed restoration, and helps to build sustainable economic capacities in local communities.

The NFF and USFS plan to continue the partnership, further building upon collaborative conservation successes throughout California. Proposals for the next grant round should be submitted prior to December 4, 2013.

Through this and many other programs, the National Forest Foundation facilitates local involvement and encourages community participation in forest stewardship to enhance the viability of natural resources while considering benefits to, and the involvement of, surrounding communities. Brief summaries of supported projects are provided below. 

2013 Community Capacity and Land Stewardship award recipients

Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, Capacity Building Project, Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests—To address the needs of local job development, forest stewardship and fire prevention through collaborative partnerships.

Camptonville Community Partnership, Forest Biomass Business Center Economic Development Plan, Tahoe and Plumas National Forests—To build community capacity to develop an economic development plan for a forest biomass business center in Camptonville, Calif.

Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, Western Klamath Mountains Partnership, Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests—To convene a series of facilitated workshops and workgroup meetings with a diverse group of stakeholders in the Western Klamath Mountains to collaboratively identify, plan, and prioritize landscape level upslope restoration projects.

The Watershed Research and Training Center, Trinity County Collaborative, Shasta-Trinity National Forest—To complete a forest and recreation assessment for Trinity County. Seventy-Two percent of the landscape is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and recent efforts have brought over 60 stakeholders together to collaborate on natural resource issues.

Yosemite Stanislaus Solution, Yosemite-Stanislaus Collaborative Capacity Building Stanislaus National Forest—To build organizational capacity in order to continue the collaborative process, advance projects which promote local job creation, improve the health of the national forest, and promote the societal integrity of a community. 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CA Fish & Game provides a “Free Fishing Day” for Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

The CA Fish and Game Department designates two days a year - where fishing licenses are not needed to fish California waters.  We took advantage of this on Saturday and tried our hand at a little Amador County Trout fishing.

The event, conceived by camp staff several years ago, is very popular with our youth.  This year, Youth Correctional Counselor Debra Brady and Lieutenant Jim Liptrap - served as the event instructor and cook.

With all the fires right now we only had ten guys in camp that could go fishing and all of them couldn’t wait to try it.  Although none of them had been fishing before, they caught more than any of our previous groups.  They caught three fish, and apparently, there was a monster fish that they had all the way to the shore …but at the last minute it got away.  At least that’s how they tell it.

Along with the polish dogs that was enough for lunch.  The guys learned a new skill or at least tried something new and they all had fun. 

Michael S. Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
PO Box 1040
13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Rd.
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Division of Juvenile Justice