Forest Service Grants

New Mexico – The U.S. Forest Service plans to award $4 million in grants for forest restoration projects on public and tribal lands in New Mexico.

The agency is accepting applications for grants of up to $360,000 for projects to reduce the threat of wildfires and improve forest and watershed conditions.

Southwestern Regional Forester Corbin Newman said the deadline for grant applications is Feb. 28.

State, local and tribal governments can apply for grants along with others such as landowners, businesses, nonprofit groups, educational institutions and conservation organizations.

The agency has scheduled grant-writing workshops Thursday in Taos and Friday in Santa Fe. Workshops are planned in January in Silver City, Ruidoso and Albuquerque.

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