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$200,000 in Grants Available to Improve Forest Health and Integrity in Vermont
In collaboration with the Vermont Community Foundation, the High Meadows Fund is committing up to $200,000 in grants towards improving forest health and integrity in Vermont.
The goal of these grants is to foster collaborative approaches to creating resilient, adaptable and healthy forests that pay dividends for wildlife and contribute to the quality of life of all Vermonters, including, but not limited to, those who depend on the forests for their livelihoods.
For High Meadows, long-term success includes greater understanding, constructive action, and demonstrated public commitment to improving the resilience of the forest landscape in the face of disruptive threats such as climate change, non-native species, pests and diseases, and forest fragmentation. In the short term, the High Meadows Fund seeks to galvanize efforts to improve connectivity among forest parcels and reduce a forest landscape’s vulnerability to factors that compromise its health and integrity, especially projects that draw participants with varied interests such as forest landowners, town officials, scientists, and wildlife and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Grant proposals may be presented as multi-year grants, with an initial research or project development phase, followed by implementation or action. Grant funds should be expended by the fall of 2021 at the latest. Detailed information about the application process is at highmeadowsfund.org. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 15, 2018.