National Forest Foundation

Matching Awards Program Past Awards

FY16 Round Two

Explore the projects that received funding through the Matching Awards Program in round two of FY16.

Arroyo Seco Foundation
San Gabriel Mountains Reforestation Program
To will engage and reconnect to nature all Angelinos with access to the Angeles National Forest, through a diversified range of volunteer work, which will help restore watersheds in Southern California.
Angeles National Forest

Canaan Valley Institute
Removing a Mining Road and Improving Public Access at the Mower Tract Ecological Restoration Project
To replace an eroded road along an old mining bench and provide a two-mile non-motorized public access to a unique landscape and an expanded trail network. The trail will help visitors interpret legacy mining and restoration impacts.
Monongahela National Forest

Chattooga Conservancy
Native Cane Restoration Project - Phase 4
To ensure the long-term viability of our Native Cane Restoration Project through finalization of a Native Cane Restoration Management Plan; development of a multi-stakeholder supporting partnership; and, critical stewardship of transplanted culms.
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest

Conservation Legacy
McPhee Overlook Trail-connecting the town of Dolores, CO to San Juan National Forest
To support the completion of construction of a new seven mile single track non-motorized trail from the town of Dolores to the renowned SJNF Boggy Draw trail system. SCC crews and volunteers will implement the project.
San Juan National Forest

Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Promoting Bottomland Hardwood Forest Health and Resiliency at Oakwood Bottoms
To implement science-based adaptation strategies to promote bottomland hardwood forest health and resilience to predicted changes in regional hydrology and climate regimes, with a specific focus on the Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir.
Shawnee National Forest

Four Corners School of Outdoor Education
Improving Outdoor Experiences with Canyon Country Youth Corps on Manti La Sal Trails
To employ four Canyon Country Youth Corps crews of Native, underserved, & local youth to build 6 miles of trails over 13 weeks in Manti La Sal Forest that improve recreation resources, while engaging youth in hands-on stewardship projects.
Manti La Sal National Forest

Friends of Blackwater
FOB Blackwater Canyon Trail Extravaganza
To introduce young people to conservation on the Monongahela ("the Mon") National Forest in a second year of sustainable trail work. A portion of the Blackwater Rail Trail will be improved to create trail connectors.
Monongahela National Forest

Friends of Verde River Greenway
Verde River Habitat Improvement Project
To assist our USFS partners in the implementation of an invasive plant removal project on 23 acres along the Verde River as part of a watershed-scale initiative. To engage the community in restoration projects.
Coconino National Forest

Grand Canyon Trust
Invasives Removal: Collaborations and Commitments in So. Utah
To remove invasive species within four sites: two contribute to consensus collaboration recommendations; two involve commitments under ten-year Memoranda of Understanding. Each connects landscape-scale projects and decisions.
Fishlake and Manti-La Sal National Forests

Highlands Center for Natural History
ADA accessible trail at the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott National Forest
To complete a handicap accessible trail through the newly constructed Discovery Gardens area at the Highlands Center Natural History. It would add 4,200 sq. feet of pavers to a back loop trail in this unique outdoor recreation attraction.
Prescott National Forest

Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Klamath Community Stewardship Project
To involves local community and youth in on-the-ground efforts to restore salmon habitat, remove prioritized invasive plants, and promote native plants in order to improve watershed health.
Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

Mississippi State University
Restoring Forest Resilience in Northern Mississippi
To restore a more resilient mixed species stand on a storm-damaged section of the Holly Springs National Forest. This effort will lower risk to disturbance and provide a case study for those interested in managing for resilience.
Holly Springs National Forest

Oak Creek Watershed Council
Verde Watershed Ambassadors
To act as on-the-ground liaisons for the Middle Verde Watershed in Coconino National Forest with the local community and visitors alike, organizing litter and pet waste collection efforts to preserve and protect watershed health.
Coconino National Forest

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
Community-Based Strategic Habitat Restoration at the USFS Sandy River Delta - Phase II
To improve natural resources and public experience, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council will engage youth, volunteers, and scientists in stewardship of strategic habitats at the 1,500-acre Sandy River Delta.
Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
2016 SBFC Wilderness Trails Volunteer Stewardship Project
To maintain recreation resource connectivity and expand FS capacity through youth and citizen engagement that provides hands-on wilderness stewardship, enjoyable recreation and resource improvements in the FCRONR Wilderness.
Payette and Salmon-Challis National Forests

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Wilderness Field Crew
To improve recreation elements within designated Wilderness across three National Forests. The employment and training provided by this program also helps build conservation leadership of tomorrow.
Cherokee National Forest, National Forests of North Carolina, Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest

Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Big Sur Backcountry Trails Initiative
To use volunteers and professional crews to restore and maintain system trails that provide access to the Big Sur backcountry. The work will enhance recreational opportunities while protecting wilderness character.
Los Padres National Forest

Yosemite Stanislaus Solution
Rim Fire Restoration Project - Phase 2
To support continued volunteer restoration efforts in the Stanislaus National Forest in the wake of the devastating Rim Fire of 2013. Volunteers will help restore the forest while engaging youth and veterans in stewardship activities.
Stanislaus National Forest