Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

Due Date: 07/27/2017

Note: A webinar will be held on June 27 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm for interested applicants. 

The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program invests in on-the-ground restoration and planning to restore the quality of forest and freshwater habitats in the Central Appalachian-Allegheny Plateau landscape, including the Appalachian regions of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. Key partners in the effort are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Forest Foundation.

The program will award up to $1.3 million in the first year. Funding in subsequent years will depend on availability.

Funding priorities for this program include:

​Forest Conservation, Connectivity and Management: Improving management of forest blocks for age and structural diversity to demonstrate improved forest conditions for birds and other wildlife (esp. golden-winged and prairie warbler, American woodcock, black-throated blue warbler and cerulean warbler).

Healthy River Systems: Restoring water quality and aquatic connectivity to enhance the long-term persistence of native species including eastern brook trout, eastern hellbender and freshwater mussel communities. Projects should target restoration between and within allopatric brook trout populations, in proximity to known eastern hellbender habitat, and to benefit freshwater mussel communities and their host species.

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