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E-M:/ Forestry Outreach and Education Grants Available



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2006

Contact: Debra Huff 517-335-3355 or Ann Wilson 517-335-3014

Forestry Outreach and Education Grants Available

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for Forest Stewardship Program Outreach and Education projects that are funded through the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Program.

Individuals, public agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply on a competitive basis for forestry-related projects that provide education and outreach to non-industrial private forest landowners. Private landowners own over 50% of Michigan?s forests, and one of the program?s main goals is to provide information to these individuals that will ensure the future health and sustainability of these valuable resources.

?Our forests are important to all Michigan citizens,? said Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division. ?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. They also provide us with numerous forest products, including energy and lumber products, both of which are important to Michigan?s economy.?

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. All projects must include an outreach and education component, targeting non-industrial private forest landowners and emphasizing sustainable forestry practices.

Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15, 2006, and projects must be completed by Sept. 1, 2007. All grants require matching funds of at least 50 percent. The match may be cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds. Depending on the category, grant requests may be up to $15,000.

For a grant application and more information, contact Debra Huff at (517) 335-3355; e-mail huffd@michigan.gov, or visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Click on Inside DNR and go to the Grants page. Follow the link to ?Grants to Apply for Now? under ?What?s New.?
 
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state?s natural resources for current and future generations.

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