American Farmland Trust
Technical Assistance for Soil Health (OH)
Build holistic soil health management systems through targeted one-on-one technical assistance on farms in Mercer, Van Wert and Paulding counties in Ohio. Project will utilize technical assistance to benchmark current management, develop continuous improvement plans and implement soil health management practices on 8,000 acres of farmland.
Higher Ground: Green Infrastructure for Resilience (multiple states)
Convene six community-based organizations in disaster-prone neighborhoods to engage local partners to train volunteers and teach residents about nature-based practices and install six high visibility projects as a catalyst for broader implementation. Project will reach 600 community members and successes will be shared with peer flood survivors around the country through a network of 48 leaders in 22 states.
Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Study (OH)
Develop a comprehensive plan to address lack of in-water and nearshore habitat in the eastern embayment in the City of Cleveland. Project will evaluate existing conditions to examine potential for the beneficial re-use of local dredge materials to create natural habitat.
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Anglers of Tomorrow: Increasing Access at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (OH)
Host fishing events for military veterans and people living with disabilities, build a fishing trail, and create a parking space at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Project will increase accessible facilities at the refuge, expand the number of fishing participants, and raise awareness of the Friends group.
On-Farm Sustainability Through Conservation Agronomy Approaches (OH)
Increase conservation capacity by leveraging a network of agronomists to accelerate farmer conservation practice adoption aligned with state and federal water priorities and programs throughout Ohio. Project will create one technical assistance position to target 200 landowners and agriculture retail partners to create solutions for both farm profitability and natural resource conservation.
Temple University, of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education
Using Polyethylene Glycol to Control the Fungus that Causes White-Nose Syndrome in Bats (OH, PA)
Treat and monitor hibernation sites used by little brown bats and other species to test the effectiveness of polyethylene glycol 8000 to suppress the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. Project will conduct field trials at three control and three treatment hibernacula in Ohio and Pennsylvania, evaluate the effects on non-target flora and fauna, and strive to reduce the fungal infection rate by 50 percent.
The Nature Conservancy
Restoring Riparian, Wetland and Forest Habitat along the Grand River (OH)
Restore coastal, riparian, wetland and forest habitats in the Grand River Corridor and Northeast Ohio Coastal areas to improve habitats for native plants and wildlife. Project will restore 714 acres and improve habitat resiliency by controlling invasive species.
Brook Trout Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustain our Great Lakes (multiple states)
Conduct an evaluation to understand brook trout response, including abundance, young of year, multiple life stages, and effective breeders, to the improved access to and quality of habitat. Project will track progress towards the Great Lakes Business Plan stream habitat related goals.
Conservation Assessment of Brook Trout and Planning and Impact Tool Development in the Great Lakes Region (multiple states)
Conduct a broad-scale assessment of existing brook trout population viability within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes watershed that will build off of and be compatible with the analysis and associated tools developed for NFWF’s Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region. Project will assist NFWF in identifying conservation needs and priority investment areas throughout the basin and associated tools will enable NFWF to develop and measure population-based recovery goals over time across multiple NFWF landscapes, particularly the Northeast and Great Lakes.