It Must be Spring - Lots is Happening in the Woods!
1. DOE Grants
Due Date & Time: February 21, 5 pm
The Department of Ecology (DOE) is proposing to grant $137 million to fund clean water projects across Washington. These projects include: 1) Skagit County Public Utility District No. 1 $1.6 million to purchase and retain forested land above Gilligan Creek to protect a source of public drinking water. The project will reduce risks of sediment delivery, chemical pollution, temperature impacts, and landslides to the stream. 2) The Nooksack Indian Tribe would receive $139,000 to restore 51 acres of forest along the South Fork Nooksack River. Mature trees will shade and cool the river, help filter pollution, and create large woody debris for salmon habitat and natural stream function. Maps, project descriptions and proposed funding amounts can be found here. The proposed funding is contingent on a final state 2016 Supplemental Budget and federal grants. Spending could begin as early as July 1, 2016. To submit comments on the proposed projects, email Daniel Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org. (A public comment session on proposed funding amounts was held on 2/5/16 at the Pierce County Library in Tacoma.)
2. DNR Solicitation: Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Competitive Grants
Due Date & Time: February 29, 2016, 4:30 pm
Funds for this project are through a grant made available from the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking their partners and stakeholders to help develop their LSR requests. A LSR grant can help you: restore small private forestlands; plan for, plant, and manage trees in urban areas; and help small forest landowners preserve their working forestlands. To find eligibility requirements, a description of the proposals being sought, links to guidance documents, and key deadlines, and to submit a letter of interest, go to dnr.wa.gov/lsr. DNR RFP 16-41 Contact: Jonathan Guzzo, 360-902-1229, email@example.com
3. Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association Seedling Sale
Saturday, March 19, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Northwest Washington Fair Grounds in the Henry Jansen Agricultural Center. Fifteen species offered at 90¢ each. More information: http://www.wafarmforestry.com/Whatcom
4. Clark County Farm Forestry Association Seedling Sale
Saturday, March 19, 8 am to Noon
Where: Albertson’s, 2108 W. Main St., Battle Ground, WA 98604
With assistance from Washington State University Master Gardeners. More information: http://www.wafarmforestry.com/Clark
5. Emerging Biofuel Options for San Juan Forests
Saturday, March 19, 12-5 pm • Friday Harbor, WA
Where: San Juan County Council Chambers, 55 2nd St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Learn about new ways to improve your forest’s health and use low value wood. Topics include: Options for Using Woody Biomass, Biochar Manufacture, All Things Firewood, Thinning in the San Juans, and more. Workshops have a limited number of spaces, so register soon: http://sanjuans-biofuels.eventbrite.com
6. Mt. Adams Chapter Spring Meeting: Habitat for Birds
Saturday, March 26, 1-4 pm • White Salmon Library
Biologist Cathy Flick will talk about habitat for cavity-using birds and Vic Blandine will talk about building bluebird boxes. Cathy will offer as a door prize the book Birds in Nest Boxes: How to Help, Study, and Enjoy Birds When Snags Are Scarce by Charlotte C. Corkran and Vic will offer a bluebird box as a door prize.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. The Fisher Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) is pending publication in the Federal Registrar. Once it is published there will be a 30-day comment period. The expected decision on a listing will be April 7th. If you wish to sign up for the Fisher CCAA, you must do so before the listing date: no later than April 6th. For more information on the Fisher, the CCAA, and enrolling in the program, please contact Gary Bell at 360-902-2412 or Gary.Bell@dfw.wa.gov.
Learn more about the Fisher CCAA here: https://sflonews.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/small-forest-landowners-needed-to-help-in-fisher-recovery/