Environmental Enhancement Program
In 2012, the Stewardship Council launched its Environmental Enhancement Program which began by identifying high priority enhancement projects drawing on information and ideas generated by stakeholders through the Stewardship Council’s public outreach process, as well as input from the recommended future landowners and conservation easement holders. Overall, the Enhancement Program is expected to result in approximately $13 million in grants being awarded for projects that enhance the BPVs of the Watershed Lands and promote productive partnerships involving landowners, conservation easement holders, local communities, youth, and other stakeholders.
Examples of some of the projects include habitat restoration, recreational trails and facilities, cultural resource protection and interpretation, forest research, management plans, planning and feasibility studies, and biological surveys.
From 2012 – 2017, five major enhancement projects received grants totaling $4 million. In addition, the Stewardship Council funded 19 capacity building and planning studies.
In 2017, the Stewardship Council invited select organizations to participate in a competitive round of funding. The program solicited concept proposals in September 2017 and the Stewardship Council received 25 proposals. The Enhancement Review Committee (ERC), comprised of Board members and a representative from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, considered the concept proposals in November 2017 and invited nine applicants to submit full proposals. The Stewardship Council expects to award up to an additional $2 million through this competitive process.
At the June 2018 Board meeting, two proposals were awarded on PG&E retained lands totaling $430,000.
* The Indian Ole Dam Public Access Improvement Project – Located at the Mountain Meadows Reservoir outside of the town of Westwood in Lassen County, the project will provide much needed public access facilities including a walking trail, restrooms, interpretive signage, and parking area upgrades at the reservoir. The project proponent is the Mountain Meadows Conservancy, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and environmental health of the Mountain Meadows watershed.
* The Fall River Lake Trail Improvement and Ecocultural Project - The Fall River Community Services District, in partnership with the Lomakatsi Restoration Project and members of the Pit River Tribe, will work collaboratively with local youth to build a trail, install plant clusters in trailside areas that highlight culturally significant native plants, and complete habitat restoration projects at Fall River Lake in the town of Fall River Mills, Shasta County.
If you have any questions on the Enhancement Program please contact Steve Schweigerdt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 277-0700.