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E-M:/ Applications Available for Forest Stewardship Program Outreach and Education Grants



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 2, 2005
Contacts: Debra Huff 517-335-3355 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
			
Applications Available for Forest Stewardship Program
Outreach and Education Grants

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that applications are available for Forest Stewardship (FSP) Outreach and Education Project grants. These grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Program.

Individuals, public agencies and non-profit private entities are eligible to apply on a competitive basis for forestry projects that provide education and outreach to non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners. The purposes of this grant program include: an increased understanding of the benefits of actively managing forest ecosystems, developing long-term management plans that will achieve forest stewardship while at the same time providing outreach and education to NIPF landowners about forest stewardship, and providing outreach and education to all citizens about the stewardship of natural resources.

"Our forests are the houses we all live in. They provide wildlife habitat, water quality protection, cleaner air, a buffer for streams and lakes, and a place for citizens to seek solitude with nature," said Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division. "Forests also provide us with numerous forest products which are important to Michigan's economy. We need to take care of them for the future."

Michigan's private landowners own more than 50 percent of Michigan's forests, and it is essential to offer professional assistance in making sustainable forest management decisions. These lands provide wood products to the over $9 billion forest products industry, as well as contributing to forest recreation and conservation.

Grant applications that will be considered for funding include management planning for school and municipal forests, outreach and education projects, demonstration areas and ecosystem projects for forest sustainability and health.

Grant applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15, 2005, in order to be given funding consideration for this grant cycle. Projects must be completed by Sept. 1, 2006. All grants require matching funds of at least 50 percent. The match may be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds. Depending on the category, grant requests may be made for up to $15,000.

For an FSP Outreach and Education grant application or for more information, contact Debra Huff, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management, PO Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952; or call 517-335-3355; or email huffd@michigan.gov. More information is available at the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, management, protection, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations

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