[ODF_Private_Forests] Update on NOAA Grant submissions
kevin.weeks at state.or.us
Fri May 8 10:08:44 PDT 2009
Private Forests News list members:
May 8, 2009
Thanks to the many private landowners who participated in the short-turnaround grant opportunity through NOAA Fisheries that occurred in March. I'd like to provide a brief update on the progress of this funding.
In March 2009, ODF learned of an opportunity to apply for stream restoration grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This funding package offered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) was allocated up to $170 million available for projects nationwide. In coordination with OWEB, ODF drafted project proposals in two grant categories: fish passage and fish habitat.
ODF's Private Forests Program worked with private landowners to develop project proposals for privately owned forestlands across the state, and the State Forests Program prepared proposals for Oregon's state-owned forests. Almost 250 project submissions were received from private landowners in Oregon.
ODF evaluated all of the applications received and submitted a refined list to OWEB, which then forwarded selected projects to NOAA Fisheries for funding consideration.
Of the Oregon-requested stream restoration project proposals submitted to NOAA Fisheries, ODF Private Forests requested $4.5 million in fish passage projects and $6.2 million in fish habitat projects. On State Forests Program lands, $1.6 million in fish passage projects were developed and $1.7 million dollars of support was requested for fish habitat projects.
NOAA Fisheries expects to publish a list of the grant award recipients during May. When we are advised of which ODF/OWEB projects were funded, details will be posted on the ODF Recovery web site -- www.oregon.gov/ODF/recovery/index.shtml
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