Day: November 11, 2019

National Forest Foundation Invites Applications for Matching Awards Program

Chartered by Congress, the National Forest Foundation engages Americans in national and community-based programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of  national forests.

To advance this mission, the NFF Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for on-the-ground results-oriented projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on national forests and grasslands.

Two focus areas through this program have been identified by NFF:

  • Outdoor Experiences — Projects should generate tangible conservation outcomes or enhance quality recreational experiences for users of the national forest system and improve or maintain recreation resource connectivity including and similar to trail maintenance, bridge and crossing construction or repair, and installation of trail drainage structures; engage youth, volunteers, or diverse, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities; and/or employ youth and/or veterans crews to implement on-the-ground conservation, stewardship and/or restoration work.
  • Forest Health — Projects should be consistent with or supportive of identified large-scale conservation initiatives and promote ecosystem structure, function, and diversity; and or/ promote forest health through the removal or control of non-native invasive species and/or reintroduction of native plants and trees.

Organizations may self-select into one of the program areas and are encouraged to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two. Examples of integrated projects include engaging community volunteers to complete riparian plantings as part of a watershed-scale restoration project, and or using youth crews from underserved communities to complete habitat stewardship work and forest stand treatments.

The MAP opportunity requires that projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public participation, although it is not necessary for the community-engagement piece to occur during the portion of the project supported by MAP funding.

The average amount awarded through this opportunity in 2018 was $25,032. A non-federal, project-direct 1:1 match is required.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits with tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, universities, and Native American tribes. Organizations may also utilize an eligible fiscal sponsor.

NFF will host an informational webinar detailing the program on Friday, December 13. Applications are due by January 16, 2020.

Corbion’s ‘bold pledge’ on carbon emissions: ‘Climate change will get more and more attention’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Concerns over climate change have jumped up the agenda and sustainability experts at Corbion believe the topic will continue to gain momentum. The bio-based ingredient supplier recently announced an ‘ambitious carbon footprint reduction target’ in response.

If it looks like a steak and tastes like a steak, in this case, it’s a mushroom

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Meati Foods, the newest entrance to the fake-meat market, is building uncannily real looking steaks and chicken breasts from fungus.

Misuse of wildlife trade data jeopardizes efforts to protect species and combat trafficking (commentary)

Read the full story at Monga Bay.

Oversimplification of the interpretation of wildlife trade data jeopardizes the ability of policy makers to prioritize aiming limited resources towards those species that truly require protection from unsustainable trade and wildlife trafficking, which threaten species with extinction.

In a recent study published in Science, the authors expressed a series of conclusions that are based on a gross misinterpretation of wildlife trade data.

Wildlife conservation policy decisions should rely on the best available analyses of threats in order to respond most efficiently. The interpretation of data presented in this study show numerous flaws that may interfere with perceptions about where unsustainable and illegal trade is actually occurring and where limited resources should be directed to prevent wildlife extinction.

This commentary is in response to Scheffers et al. (2019). Global wildlife trade across the tree of life, published in Science this month. A response to this commentary from the Science authors was published on November 8, 2019.

For best climate impact, put renewables in the U.S. Midwest: study

Read the full story from Reuters.

Installing wind turbines and solar panels in the U.S. Midwest instead of other parts of the country would deliver the biggest cuts in climate-warming emissions and improvements in public health, according to a study published on Tuesday.

The magnitude of benefit from renewable energy depends in part on whether it is displacing coal-fired power plants or cleaner-burning fuels like natural gas, according to the study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University.

Food-waste bin mandate coming to California restaurants

Read the full story at Restaurant Hospitality.

Limited-service operators will be required to collect post-consumer organic waste in 2020

Ann Arbor wants to make rental housing, new buildings greener

Read the full story at MLive.

Renters are a big part of Ann Arbor’s population, but the places where they live aren’t always energy-efficient.

Recognizing rental properties account for about 55% of the city’s housing stock, city officials are hoping to find ways to make them greener to reduce community carbon emissions.

They also want newly constructed buildings to be eco-friendly and sustainable.

To that end, City Council voted 8-3 last week to create a new full-time community engagement specialist position to help create and launch a new green rental and building efficiency program.

Buffalo Wild Wings Manager Dies, 13 Hospitalized After Exposure to Toxic Cleaning Product Fumes

Read the full story from Time. (Note that page has video that autoplays).

A Buffalo Wild Wings manager in Massachusetts died Thursday after being exposed to toxic fumes caused by a noxious combination of chemical cleaning products in the restaurant’s kitchen.

Big food is betting big on regenerative agriculture in climate change fight

Watch the video from NBC News.

Several big food corporations are jumping on the regenerative agriculture bandwagon, escalating the buzz around the idea that capturing carbon in the soil could reverse climate change.

Honolulu wants big oil to pay for climate crisis-related damage

Read the full story from KITV.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the city’s plan to sue fossil fuel companies, saying like tobacco companies, the oil industry launched a campaign to mislead the public to boost profits and delay preventative action.

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