FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|| Kathleen Peters, Lead Entity Coordinator
Environmental Programs Division
|| (360) 337-4679
West Sound Watersheds Community Salmon Fund Established
(Port Orchard) - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) have established the West Sound Watersheds Community Salmon Fund to stimulate smaller-scale, voluntary action by landowners, community groups, and businesses to support salmon recovery on private property within the West Sound Watersheds Lead Entity. Projects on public property will be
considered if they have excellent community involvement and can serve as a model for similar efforts on private property. Grants will be jointly selected by NFWF and the West Sound Watersheds Lead Entity, and administered by NFWF.
The goals of the West Sound Watersheds Community Salmon Fund are to:
- Fund habitat protection and restoration projects that have a substantial benefit to watershed health and are consistent with local salmon recovery plans. For more information about your local salmon recovery plan, please contact Kathleen Peters (KPeters@co.kitsap.wa.us), West Sound Watersheds Lead Entity Coordinator at (360) 337-4679.
- Encourage landowners, business owners, and community groups to become engaged in salmon habitat conservation and stewardship.
- Stimulate creativity and leadership among various constituencies to address conservation needs, especially farmers, rural forest landowners, suburban homeowners, businesses, and industries.
The Community Salmon Fund will award grants of up to $75,000. The program's primary focus is smaller-scale, community-based restoration projects that reflect the goals of local recovery strategies. Requests for funds to complement large-scale restoration projects (such as SRFB proposals) will not be considered.
For additional information about the Community Salmon Fund application process, please contact:
Detailed information regarding this fund can also be found at the NFWF website.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Salmon Recovery Funding Board