Tahoe License Plate Program funds grants
The Division of State Lands is offering grants for projects that will preserve and restore the natural environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
About $350,000 generated from the purchase of Nevada Lake Tahoe license plates will be available to public agencies seeking funding. Proposals which include the implementation of capital improvement projects that further the attainment of the TRPA Environmental Thresholds will be prioritized in this funding cycle.
Projects funded in the past include water quality improvement projects, research and monitoring studies, state park improvements, invasive species research and removal as well as public education projects.
Applications are due Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. in the State Lands Office located at 901 South Stewart St., Suite 5003, Carson City, NV 89701. Proposals selected for funding will be notified in May.
Since the first license plate was purchased in 1998, the Tahoe License Plate Program has generated more than $6 million and funded more than 100 projects. Special license plates to benefit Lake Tahoe are available at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Those who purchase a Tahoe license plate before April 1 will receive two Alpine or Nordic ski tickets to the resort of their choice, while supplies last. For information, visit www.tahoefund.org.
Community Forest Program grants available
The Nevada Division of Forestry is accepting applications for grants up to $400,000 to purchase private forest land.
Local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through the acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller.
The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, clean air, water, and wildlife habitat, forest-based educational programs and recreational benefits to the public.
Eligible lands under this program are private forests that are at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe or allotment lands, provide community benefits defined by the Community Forest Program and allow public access.
Applications are due to the Nevada Division of Forestry by Jan. 15. For information, call 775-684-2500.
Submitted to the Tribune