Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. – 03/22/23 3:21 PM
Portland, Ore. – About $3 million in funding is available for natural resource projects that restore and improve public lands across western Oregon. The Bureau of Land Management encourages individuals, organizations, and local governments to submit funding applications for consideration.
Project funding is available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Proposed projects should restore land health, improve water quality, or maintain existing infrastructure. Projects must benefit Oregon and California Grant (O&C) lands and resources. O&C lands are located in the 18 western Oregon counties, including: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.
“Title II funds are used to make investments in public lands and create employment opportunities,” said Heather Whitman, Roseburg District Manager. “These projects are vital because they improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for public lands.”
BLM officials encourage applicants to discuss their project proposals with them prior to submission. Please contact the BLM District representative where the project would be implemented:
- Coos Bay District – Stephanie Messerle, email@example.com“>firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 751-4230
- Medford District, Roseburg District, and Klamath Falls Field Office of the Lakeview District – Christina Beslin, email@example.com“>firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 618-2371; or
- Northwest Oregon District – Patricia Johnston, email@example.com, (541) 683-6181.
The application forms, criteria, and instructions are available through grants.gov. The grant is under the heading Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement L23AS00283 BLM OR/WA Secure Rural Schools, Title II Grants.
Applications are due by May 15, 2023.
Examples of previously funded projects include noxious weed treatments, trail maintenance, garbage removal, and stream restoration.
The Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee will review the applications at their fall 2023 meeting.
Information about the BLM’s Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee is available at: blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington/western-oregon-rac