• USDA Forest Service
    NFWF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) partnership reached new heights in fiscal year 2015 with implementation of the first forest-specific agreement, a fire restoration program with the Los Padres National Forest. This work complements efforts supported through the annual USFS-NFWF partnership where NFWF awarded $3 million in USFS appropriated funds, and another $15.9 million in other agreement funds, to support 50 projects resulting in a total investment of more than $18.9 million. NFWF has leveraged $48.5 million in USFS directly appropriated funds into over $283 million to benefit forest species and ecosystems. These projects focused on the conservation and restoration of wet meadows in California, watersheds of the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, Western grasslands, early successional forest habitat, Northern Rockies migratory corridors, and salmon habitat in Southeast Alaska. NFWF and USFS also partnered to support conservation employment opportunities for youth on public lands, monarch butterfly conservation, urban watershed restoration, eastern brook trout recovery, fuels management, and longleaf pine ecosystem enhancement.