The NFF's Matching Awards Program invested $500,126 in 20 on-the-ground projects. Conservation work will take place on several National Forests across the country supporting themes of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. These projects provide a lasting impact to the land, water, and wildlife of the National Forest System.

A full list of projects can be found here. A few highlights are listed below. 

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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

American Conservation Experience

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

Bishop Indian Tribal 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

North Fork John Day Watershed Council

Community Engagement and the Restoration of High-Value Forest Herbs

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

Rural Action

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 

White River Partnership

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

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Click here to see the full list of projects funded this spring through the Matching Awards Program.

National Forest Foundation