Millions Available For NM Forest Restoration Project

New Mexico – Some $3.5 million is available for forest restoration projects around New Mexico.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking grant proposals for projects on public and tribal lands. The deadline is March 1.

Southwestern Regional Forester Corbin Newman says the grants for up to $360,000 are for projects that will be implemented in four years or less.

The project encourages different groups to collaborate on the design, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects.

Small business owners, conservation and environmental groups, community groups, tribes, universities and other organizations can work together to help reduce the threat of wildfire, improve forest and watershed conditions and bring jobs and job-training to communities.

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