Grants to fund on-the-ground projects to make forests healthier and to preserve working ranch and agricultural lands will be discussed at the March 8 Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board meeting in Red Bluff.
The SNC said its in the process of reviewing applications for the $5 million Healthy Forests grant program, and is finishing guidelines for a new round of grants, which will fund projects designed to preserve ranch and farmland. Funding comes from the Proposition 84 Safe Drinking Water Bond Act passed by California voters in 2006.
The board will review the initial draft of the 2012-13 grant guidelines that are aimed at providing assistance to farmers and ranchers in the Sierra to help maintain the regions rich history of working landscapes. The board will also review the SNCs formal action plan for 2012-13, and hear a report on progress in promoting tourism in the Region through an ongoing Web-based geotourism project with National Geographic and the Sierra Business Council.