National Forest Foundation

Matching Awards Program Past Awards

FY17 Round One

Explore the projects that received funding through the Matching Awards Program in round one of FY17.

American Conservation Experience
Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project - Dry Lake Hills Phase 1
To implement a hazardous fuels reduction project in Coconino National Forest over 18 weeks. American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit conservation organization, will employ and manage 8 emerging forest managers to carry out the project.
Coconino National Forest

Arizona Wilderness Coalition
Healthy Forests through Community Stewardship
To improve recreational conditions and restore critical wildlife habitat by implementing nine volunteer stewardship projects in wilderness and back country areas on five National Forests in Arizona. Coronado, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forest

Bishop Indian Tribal Council
Bishop Paiute Tribe Natural Resource Internship Trails Project
To provide Tribal interns experience in trails work in culturally important places on the Forest culminating in work at the end of the season on a trail and meadow restoration project in the upper Lamarck Basin in the John Muir Wilderness. Inyo National Forest

Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Invasive Weed Suppression in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
To work in coordination with the USFS to continue invasive weed suppression at 7 locations within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.  Outcomes include restoration work including: mapping, pulling, and chemical treatment of weeds.
Flathead, Helena/Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests

Cascade Forest Conservancy
The Gifford Pinchot Aquatic Resilience Project
To improve the health and resilience of aquatic and riparian ecosystems, support habitat for salmonids and other species and engage community volunteers by planting trees along waterways most at-risk from climate change impacts.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Conservation Northwest
South Summit Road Restoration Project: Frazer Creek

To restore seven miles of unnecessary roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest with the help of volunteers. This will improve watershed health, advance wildlife connectivity in a nationally recognized landscape and promote post-fire recovery.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Friends of Pathways
Snow King Trail Rehabilitation Project
To improve the sustainability of five of the most popular trails on the Bridger-Teton National Forest while also restoring and rehabilitating adjacent lands in the project area to their natural condition.
Bridger-Teton National Forest

Great Burn Study Group
Forest Stewards 2017-18
To enhance outdoor experiences and forest health in two national forests in USFS Region 1. Crews and volunteers, including youth, perform targeted trail and campsite improvements and mitigate invasive species on 24 stewardship trips.
Lolo National Forest, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

North Fork John Day Watershed Council
Upper Swale Meadow Restoration
To raise the water table to restore the Upper Swale Creek meadow this will provide better spawning and rearing habitat for Mid-Columbia steelhead.  Raising the water table will lower peak discharge and prolong water release.
Umatilla National Forest

Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Kit Carson Peak--Challenger Ridge Trail Improvement Project
To reconstruct the trail to Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point. The ultimate goal is to reduce visitor impacts and enhance the outdoor recreational experience. The Kit Carson Peak-Challenger Ridge Trail Improvement Project is a multi-year project.
Rio Grande National Forest

Rural Action
Community Engagement and the Restoration of High-Value Forest Herbs on the Wayne National Forest
To partner with the Wayne National Forest to restore populations of ginseng, goldenseal, and ramps on forest land, and to engage and educate Appalachian youth through hands-on, forest-based restoration plantings of these threatened native herbs.
Wayne National Forest

Sky Island Alliance
Parker Canyon Riparian Restoration
To work with partners and volunteers in Parker Canyon to treat invasive plant species and restore a healthy riparian community for the benefit of a variety of wildlife species including pollinators and threatened and endangered species.
Coronado National Forest

Magnolia Non-Motorized Trails Project
The Magnolia Area, 50 miles from Denver, has been greatly impacted by increased recreation. By implementing the Magnolia Non-Motorized Trails Project, we will repair, reroute and decommission trails while improving trail connectivity / forest health.
Arapaho - Roosevelt National Forest 

The Forest Stewards Guild
Forest Stewards Youth Corp Expansion - Española Ranger District Crew
To expand our engagement of disadvantaged youth by employing an additional crew from an underserved community in rural New Mexico to implement on-the-ground conservation projects aimed at promoting forest health and improving recreation connectivity.
Santa Fe National Forest and Cibola National Forest

The Freshwater Trust
Upper Sandy River Basin Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project
To recreate lost habitat critical to forest and watershed health within stream channels and riparian areas of the Upper Sandy River basin. Requested funding will support actions in prioritized reaches of Salmon River and Still Creek.
Mt. Hood National Forest

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Volunteers Work for Colorado Forests
To maintain and enhance Colorado’s trail system, 570 VOC volunteers will invest more than 9,300 hours of labor on popular trails at 4 Colorado forests and along the Continental Divide Trail-thereby increasing safety, access, and trail sustainability.
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Rio Grande National Forest, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

Washington Trails Association
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Trail Restoration Project
To restore and expand access to trails in Gifford Pinchot National Forest through strategic community partnerships and volunteer trail maintenance.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest

White River Partnership
Upper White River Ecosystem Restoration Project
To implement on-the-ground riparian planting, non native invasive plant control, and ecosystem restoration projects in partnership with the Green Mountain National Forest and other federal, state, and local partners and volunteers.
Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forest

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
WRV 2017 Partnership for Stewardship
To conduct 32 trail and restoration projects on/near 2 National Forests, from April 2017-18, involving 1,050 volunteers, and yielding over 10,000 volunteer hours, valued at $258,000.
Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, Medicine Bow Routt National Forest

Sequoia National Forest Wildfire Recovery and Community Engagement Project 2017
To restore ecosystem function and prevent erosion in wildfire burn areas within SQF though results-oriented, place-based projects that benefit Sequoia National Forest health and engage surrounding communities in stewardship of public lands.
Sequoia National Forest