The NFF will host an informational webinar on the Community Capacity & Land Stewardship (CCLS) program on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKDT to provide an overview and answer questions.
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As part of a broader economic diversification strategy for Southeast Alaska communities, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies are collaborating with business leaders, state and federal agencies, and other partners to support sustainable job growth and healthy communities. Strengthening the capacity of rural communities to respond to new economic opportunities and be responsible stewards of their rich natural resources is essential to achieving these goals.
As one component of the economic diversification strategy, the Alaska Region (R10) of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the NFF launched a program to support collaborative natural resource management, benefitting the watersheds of the Tongass National Forest. This Community Capacity and Land Stewardship (CCLS) grant program supports and builds the capacity of organizations that help build sustainable economic opportunities in local communities through natural resource management and watershed restoration.
The NFF offers this program with the financial support of the USFS. It provides one-year grants of up to $24,000 to enable organizations and collaborative groups to build their capacity to convene, plan, and monitor watershed and landscape projects. Additionally, the program strives to help organizations build internal and community capacity to meet objectives associated with the creation of jobs that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities. This year, there is additional emphasis on projects that support the transition to young growth-based forest management. Work may take place off the Tongass National Forest, but there must be a clear benefit to its watersheds. Organizations are not required to match CCLS Program award funds, but are encouraged to leverage additional private and local, state, or governmental resources to illustrate broad support for the project.
This webinar will review the CCLS purpose and goals, submission requirements, best practices, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.
For more information on the CCLS program, visit nationalforests.org/grant-programs/ccls