Deadline: March 12, 2013 to GLRI@fs.fed.us
The interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) targets improvements to the most significant environmental problems within the Great Lakes basin. Through an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Forest Service has received funding to support projects that implement strategic, priority actions within Forest Service authorities to restore, protect, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem. Successful projects will address near-shore health and nonpoint source pollution, invasive species, and toxic substances that impact water quality in priority watersheds or those that drain to identified Areas of Concern.
Available funds are distributed across four specific program areas:
1. Restore Urban and Community Forests – Utilize existing management plans and tree cover assessments to plant and maintain tree canopy cover that will reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality.
Estimated Funding: $ 191,000
Focus Area: Near-shore health and nonpoint source pollution
2. Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts – Ash tree replacement with non-host species in urban EAB quarantine areas to protect and restore biodiversity and water quality in targeted sub-watersheds, and to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff (esp. phosphorus).
Estimated Funding: $1,141,000
Focus Area: Invasive Species
3. Reduce Toxic Substances in Brownfield Sites – Plant site-appropriate trees and vegetation to take up or trap certain toxic substances and restore green infrastructure that will reduce storm-water runoff.
Estimated Funding: $1,551,000
Funding Area: Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern
4. Develop Ecosystem Services Markets – Monitor and quantify the impact of new or existing green stormwater infrastructure. Provide incentives for installing green infrastructure, promote the maintenance of privately owned forests, and educate the public on the value of forests in protecting the Great Lakes.
Estimated Funding: $175,000
Focus Area: Near-shore health & nonpoint source pollution
State agencies, Tribal communities, non-profit organizations, academic partners, and municipalities are eligible for GLRI funding within the Great Lakes Basin of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Eligible applicants must consult with their appropriate State Forester or Tribal administrator (for federally recognized tribes) to develop and submit proposals.
The Great Lakes Watershed is defined as those areas within the United States draining (surface, overflow, or groundwater) into either: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan2, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, or Lake Ontario or draining into the St. Lawrence River west of where the International Boundary line leaves the river. A map of the watershed including eligible counties with lands in the watershed is attached.
No match is required. However, the ability to demonstrate partnerships and to leverage funds will be an important consideration when proposals are reviewed.
To be successful, proposals must conform to the authorities of the Forest Service Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act. Proposals addressing Program Areas 1, 2, and 3 (see table above) must follow Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) program authorities: “To plan for, establish, manage and protect trees, forests, green spaces and related natural resources in and adjacent to cities and towns” (http://www.federalgrantswire.com/urban-and-community-forestry-program.html). Proposals addressing Program Area 4, “Development of Ecosystem Services Markets” may follow authorities of the UCF Program, or may follow authorities of the Forest Stewardship Program, specifically, “To provide financial, technical, educational, and related assistance to State foresters or equivalent State officials for: The delivery of information and professional assistance to owners of nonindustrial private forest lands…” http://www.federalgrantswire.com/forest-stewardship-program.html.