CORVALLIS – Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development (CPRCD) personnel are accepting pre-application proposals for watershed restoration projects in several areas, including the Umpqua/Dunes stewardship groups.

About $400,000 in Forest Service funds is available for projects that improve or restore fish and wildlife habitat on private and other non-federal lands where there is a demonstrated benefit to national forest lands.

CPRCD, working with the Siuslaw National Forest and the five partner stewardship groups, will help administer the process of project application, technical review, prioritization and final award of funds to approved project proposals. Funding requests should not exceed $100,000. It is recommended that projects be scalable. A 25 percent match in funding or in-kind contributions is recommended.

The Siuslaw Collaborative Watershed Restoration Program was developed after the Wyden Amendment authorized retained receipts from Forest Service stewardship timber sales to be used on nearby lands that benefit resources within watersheds of the Siuslaw National Forest.

“The Collaborative Watershed Restoration Program allows the Forest Service and its partners and neighbors to consider the whole landscape when planning restoration efforts,” said Kirk Shimeall, CPRCD executive director. “It’s a valuable and effective collaborative program that we’re pleased to host and administer.”

All projects must be presented to the appropriate stewardship group for approval during their June-July meetings. Before submitting a pre-application, download the Stewardship Guidelines for project eligibility and the RFP for submission details. Please follow the steps below to submit a pre-application:

1. Download the stewardship pre-application and work with the appropriate Forest Service technical specialist to obtain approval. Save the file as a different name and fill in the blanks as directed.

2. Follow the deadline dates and submission process outlined in the timeline.

3. CPRCD will notify approved applicants eligible to submit a full stewardship application.

Approved pre-application proposals are due by Aug. 1.

All required forms, including the pre-application, timeline, stewardship group area maps, final application and more are available online at: http://www.cascadepacificstewardship.org/multilist_1/documents-forms/documents-forms

For more information, contact Courtney Schwartzbeck, Program Administrator, Cascade Pacific RC&D at 541-248-3094, courtney@cascadepacific.org.

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Umpqua Post Editor