Forestry and Forested Land Protection Grant Program offers up to $1,000,000 for protecting forested land in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a partnership to provide funds for forestry projects and land protection in Anne Arundel County. The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective reforestation and greening projects and increase the number of acres of protected forested land in the County. By increasing tree cover and expanding green areas, erosion can be reduced; water and soil quality can be improved; airborne pollutants such as particulates, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide can be filtered; and summer temperatures and resulting ozone pollution and energy use can be reduced. Protecting forested land ensures valuable ecological services such as habitat, water quality, and flood control for future generations.

Afforestation and reforestation projects that provide ecological benefits by establishing, enhancing and/or preserving riparian buffers; creating, enhancing and/or preserve larger contiguous tracts of forest; and/or creating, enhancing, and/or preserving wildlife habitat, including habitat for forest interior dwelling species are preferred. Reviewers will look favorably upon projects that have demonstration value by serving as an example for landowners seeking to learn how to establish, enhance, and/or protect forested land.

Three types of projects will be supported in this grant program:
1) Reforestation or afforestation of lands already under long-term protection;
2) Permanent protection of lands already forested through conservation easements; or
3) Reforestation or afforestation and permanent protection of lands that are currently not forested and not protected.

Funds are available for up to $300,000 for planting and forestry projects, and up to $1,000,000 for land protection through conservation easements.

Deadline: January 12, 2017 at 5pm. For more information, please visit the grant webpage here: Forestry and Forested Land Protection Grant Program. For questions contact Grant Manager, Jeffrey Popp, 410-974-2941, ext. 103.

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