The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is now accepting applications for the Western Bark Beetle Initiative Grant Program. DFFM, along with funding provided by the USDA Forest Service, is looking for proposals from $10,000 to $50,000 to treat a minimum of ten (10) acres where ponderosa pine is the main tree host.
The Western Bark Beetle Initiative Grant Program focuses on reducing adverse bark beetle impacts through thinning and removal of green host trees and related slash treatments, where ponderosa pine is the main host tree. Funding through this grant aims to protect high value trees and forests, create and maintain healthy stands of trees, reduce bark beetle attacks and tree mortality, encourage landowners to implement prevention and restoration projects, restore and maintain healthy ecosystems, and reduce wildland fire risk secondarily.
This program is directed to units of local government, non-profit organizations 501(c)3, and public educational institutions. Individuals working in partnership with their neighborhood association may also apply if they work with one of the previously stated groups.