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    • 22 May 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Challis Senior Citizen Center

    National Forest Foundation Collaboration Workshop

    Tuesday, May 22

    Challis Senior Citizen Center

    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    The National Forest Foundation will be presenting a three hour workshop about collaboration on Tuesday, May 22 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Challis Senior Citizen Center.

    Collaborative public engagement is a key feature of the forest plan revision process. However, this style of working together is not exclusive of forest planning. Salmon-Challis Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark said the forest has worked collaboratively with a number of stakeholders throughout the area on issues ranging from reducing the risk of wildfire to improving trails. "I've seen collaboration produce results that benefit communities and our natural resources," Mark said.

    The National Forest Foundation (NFF), is a nonprofit organization chartered by congress with a mission to bring people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. NFF is currently working with the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in the Southeastern United States to coordinate a forest plan revision stakeholders' forum. In addition, NFF has invited Libby, Montana county commissioner Mark Peck to share some of his experiences working with public land management agencies.

    The workshop is intended for anyone interested in what it means to work collaboratively, including elected officials, agency personnel, or interested individuals. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please call Gina Knudson at 756-5551 if you have any questions.

    • 23 May 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Join the webinar to view the presentation here: You may also join by phone only by calling this number: 1-800-576-6614


    The National Forest Foundation (NFF) will host an informational webinar on the Matching Awards Program on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT to provide an overview and answer questions. 

    Sign up today!


    The NFF is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP), a grant program that provides federal funds for direct on-the-ground projects benefitting America’s National Forests and Grasslands. By pairing federal funds provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service with non-federal dollars raised by award recipients, MAP measurably multiplies the resources available to implement stewardship projects that benefit the National Forest System.

    A common thread connecting NFF program areas is an interest in results-oriented projects that enhance the viability of natural resources while benefiting and directly engaging surrounding communities. The NFF accepts applications from non-governmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and Native American tribes working on or adjacent to National Forests and Grasslands throughout the United States[1]. Through MAP, organizations completing on-the-ground conservation work can apply for matching funds up to twice a year, although only one MAP award may be active at any time. MAP funding is available to support specific conservation and restoration projects and is not appropriate for programmatic support. Please note this distinction.

    MAP project selection occurs twice each year through single-stage proposal rounds. In each round, the NFF evaluates submitted proposals and provides funding to a subset. The process from proposal submission to notification of funding generally takes about two months.

    All MAP awards require a 1:1 nonfederal cash match, and a project's secured and anticipated funding should be clearly identified in the proposal's Financial Plan. In-kind contributions and federal funds are not eligible to serve as match. Please document these additional contributions to show project leverage. Award recipients cannot provide MAP award funds to the U.S. Forest Service or any other federal entity.

    This webinar will review the MAP purpose and goals, submission requirements, recent changes to the matching process, best practices, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.

    For more information on the Matching Awards Program, visit:

    • 30 May 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s): 1-800-576-6614 To join the web conference:
    • 125

    20 Year Stewardship Contracting Authority

    Web Roundtable

    Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service in partnership with the National Forest Foundation

    You're invited to join an upcoming web roundtable!

    A panel of stakeholders in stewardship contracting will:

    • Share ideas with and invite feedback from roundtable participants.
    • Share the benefits and challenges stakeholders foresee for 20 year Stewardship contracts.
    • Share ideas for how 20 year Stewardship contracting should be implemented.
    • Identify next steps for moving forward with implementing 20 year Stewardship contracts.
    The target audience for this session includes stakeholders from forest products industry, partners in conservation, community members, and other stakeholders with an interest in long term stewardship contracts.

      Please note that this session begins at 1:00 PM Eastern. This session is being recorded and will be available on National Forest Foundation's website.

      • 02 Jun 2018
      • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Vincent Gap Trailhead in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

      Celebrate National Trails Day on June 2, 2018 in the Iconic San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The day will include 3.5 hours of work on the series of trails that start or end at the scenic Vincent Gap. Many National and Scenic Recreation Trails depart from this popular spot, such as the Pacific Crest Trail, the Silver Moccasin Trail, the High Desert Trail, the Vincent Gulch Trail, and the trail to Mount Baden Powell. This event is co-sponsored by the National Forest Foundation, REI and the US Forest Service and other volunteer partners. We will break for lunch and a short celebration of National Trails Day 

      around noon. This activity is open to all volunteers, including sponsored groups. Those who are volunteering for trail work for the first time, please identify yourself to the registrar at the meeting site so we can arrange for a Trail Boss to provide instruction and proper tools. For those volunteers that register, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

      DATE: Saturday, June 2, 2018|  Sign-in between 8:00 - 8:30 am, event scheduled from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm

      LOCATION: Vincent Gap Trailhead in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

      DIRECTIONS: Located approximately 9 miles heading south/west on Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2)  from Wrightwood or 49 miles from La Canada heading north/east on Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2) Allow 1 hour of driving time from La Canada. Please carpool if possible

      Personal Equipment to Wear while WorkingLong sleeve shirt, long pants, gloves, and boots are required. ANYONE NOT WEARING APPROPRIATE CLOTHING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WORK (Anyone wearing shorts will not be allowed to participate.) Sun protection hat, hard-hat (will be provided if needed), Ten Essentials (include a personal First Aid kit), water (2 Quarts), snacks, etc. Be prepared to hike about a mile and work until noon.

      For more information: For additional information please contact Edward Belden, National Forest Foundation at or 805-258-2500

      • 18 Jul 2018
      • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
      • Uncommon Ground | 1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago

      Join the National Forest Foundation and Uncommon Ground Restaurant for a community night to learn about and support Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and all its partners.

      The night will kick off with a specially crafted organic small-bites menu and cocktails on Uncommon Ground’s rooftop garden followed by a silent auction and brief remarks from keynote speaker, TBD.

      Wednesday, July 18th 

      6:00 to 8:30 PM


      $35 per person | $60 for two

      Family rates are available, please contact Emily Struss at for more information. 

      Uncommon Ground 

      1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago 


      If you have any questions or need additional information please contact     Emily Struss at or 406-830-3360.

      • 01 Aug 2018
      • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
      • Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

      The National Forest Foundation, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and U.S. Forest Service are excited to host a Friends of the Forest® volunteer stewardship event to remove trash from the mountain slopes of scenic Stevens Pass. Volunteers will have an opportunity to ride a ski lift to reach cleanup areas.  Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort.  

      Volunteers must register by July 22, 2018.

      Volunteers should bring rain gear, bug repellent, and, in order to work on the steep slopes, wear ankle supporting boots with good traction (i.e. hiking or work boots). 

      When: 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

      Who: 150 volunteers and staff

      Where: Base area of the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort


      We will be giving prizes to the finders of the most unique pieces of trash! 


      The base area of the resort is located south of US-2 approximately 2 hours from Seattle and 40 minutes from Leavenworth. From Seattle, take I-405 North to exit 23 (Highway 522) for Wenatchee/Monroe, then travel east on US-2 for 50 miles to the resort. From Leavenworth, travel west on US-2 for 36 miles. Park at the south entrance near the base of the resort.


      Coordinate with Dayle Wallien (National Forest Foundation) at 206.832.8280, 

      • 11 Aug 2018
      • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)
      • Quandary Peak Trailhead, Dillon Ranger District, White River National Forest

      Thank you for signing up to volunteer through the National Forest Foundation Find Your Fourteener campaign. The NFF and partners are working collaboratively to increase the pace and scale of trail improvements and ecological restoration. Our vision is to work together, with you, to build and maintain a sustainable trails network, ensuring these peaks remain healthy and inviting for decades to come. With help from skilled, passionate volunteers like you, we can complete even more on-the-ground work on Colorado’s Fourteeners. Every volunteer in the Fourteener community is important in this long-term effort, and we are grateful for your help!

      When you volunteer on Quandary Peak on August 11th, you can expect to get your hands dirty with staff and volunteers from Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, White River National Forest, and National Forest Foundation.

      On behalf of all of the organizations involved in the Find Your Fourteener campaign, thanks again for your interest in this project!

      DATE: Saturday, August 11, 2018

      LOCATION: Quandary Peak Trailhead, White River National Forest

      SCHEDULE: Please arrive in time to check in at 7:00 AM. (Plan to spend about 10 minutes parking and walking to the trailhead. Parking may be challenging because Saturdays in August can be very busy!). From here, we'll hike in to the different worksites. We'll break for lunch, and will hike out by 3:00 PM unless weather pushes us out earlier.

      • 7:00 AM – Check in at Quandary Peak Trailhead (look for staff/signs)
      • Sign forms as needed, distribute tools and personal protective equipment (work gloves, hard hats, glasses)
      • Hike in 0.5 to 1.5 miles
      • Divide into teams to work on timber structures, walls, check steps, and ecological restoration
      • Break for lunch and as needed
      • 3:00 PM – Hike out

      DIRECTIONS: From I-70 take Exit 203, Frisco/Breckenridge, and travel south on HWY 9 approximately 10 miles to the town of Breckenridge. Continue through Breckenridge on HWY 9 (Main Street). You will pass the Town of Blue River, travel 4 miles and then turn right onto Blue Lakes Road (FDR 850). There is a small sign on Colorado Hwy 9 indicating the turnoff to FDR 850 for Quandary Peak. Drive a few hundred yards and turn right on the 851 (McCullough Gulch) Road. Drive 0.1 mile to the signed trailhead and small parking area. If the small trailhead lot is full, cars should park down at the start of the FDR 850. PLEASE DO NOT park on the side of the road in front of homes.

      ITEMS TO BRING AND WEAR: Our mountain weather can change from warm and dry to cold and wet in a hurry. Please be prepared with the following:

      • Sturdy shoes (NO sandals)
      • Work gloves (if you have them)
      • Work clothes (something you don't mind getting dirty)
      • Water bottle(s) (totaling AT LEAST 2 liters per person)
      • Lunch (NFF will provide some snacks but please make sure to bring any special items, especially if you have dietary restrictions)
      • Hat, rain gear, sunglasses and WARM layers that you can put on
      • Sunscreen, insect repellent, personal items, medications, etc.
      • Backpack (day pack)

      REMINDERS: Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after the project. Smoking on any project is prohibited.

      For more information: For additional information please contact Emily Olsen at 720-219-0682 or

    If you have any questions about the above NFF Events please contact 

    Emily Struss at or 406-830-3360, or

    Emily Olsen at or 406-830-3369

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