The Maine Forest Service grant; “Conservation and Protection of Priority Forest Lands in the Presumpscot River Watershed” has been funded for $358, 737.00. This two-year grant is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The project will identify and communicate with family forest owners, farmers, municipalities, and land trusts, provide technical and financial assistance to conduct priority stewardship and restoration actions, and deliver educational programs in the Presumpscot watershed.
The current status is the grant is as follows:
- In May 2010 the MFS received the funds.
- We have notified partners that formally supported the grant application.
- Press release sent June 11, 2010.
- Partners meeting scheduled for July 20th, 9 AM, Standish Town office.
- Meeting for other interested parties and cooperators will be scheduled after the July partners meeting.
- Additional details and timeline to follow.
Specific grant deliverables include:
- Develop 50 Forest Stewardship Plans and implement 25 EQIP practices. Provide priority and/or additional incentives in Forest Stewardship and EQIP to family forest owners within 250 feet of larger water bodies.
- Develop 10 community forestry and 10 town forest stewardship plans; implement 10 restorative plantings where identified and needed, with emphasis on areas within 250 feet of larger water bodies.
- Develop at least 3 Forest Stewardship Plans for land trusts with emphasis on those with manageable holdings within 250 feet of larger water bodies.
- Conduct 5-10 workshops to engage and enlist the people living in the watershed in helping to monitor and marshal support for control of exotic pest species.
- Identify and, resources permitting, remediate stream crossing barriers and impaired approaches on private forest lands;
- Conduct BMP and multi-resource harvest assessment monitoring on 100% of notified timber harvests within the watershed.
- Conduct at least one Teacher Tour for local school teachers to show them where their towns’ drinking water supply comes from.
- Complete wildland urban interface assessments and community wildfire protection plans for at least 5 priority towns and implement plan recommendations as resources permit