SFNF: Forest Restoration Grants Awarded

SFNF News:
SANTA FE  As part of the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP), the Santa Fe National Forest has awarded more than $1 million in grants for forest rehabilitation, riparian restoration and the environmental planning analysis for future restoration work.
The 2016 grants will go to the following recipients:
  • $360,000 to Padilla Logging Restoration LLC to purchase heavy equipment and expand capacity to support forest rehabilitation work.
  • $359,994 to WildEarth Guardians to decommission 15 miles of road, restore 200 acres of meadow by removing small trees, and perform restoration work along four miles of riparian habitat as part of the Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.
  • $360,000 to the Adelante Resource Conservation and Development Council to perform landscape assessments on 21,628 acres and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis on 5,100 acres in the Capulin and Walker Flats areas on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
“CFRP grants give us the opportunity to build productive partnerships with our communities while we work together on restoration projects to improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire,” Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia said. “We’re looking forward to working with this year’s awardees.”
The CFRP was signed into law in 2000 to establish a program in New Mexico to provide cost-share grants for collaborative, community-based forest restoration projects on public lands. Since 2001, more than 175 projects have received CFRP funding, restoring more than 30,000 acres and creating over 700 jobs in New Mexico.