Environmental grants awarded by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Truckee Community Foundationand#8217;s Board of Directors approved $115,00 in environmental grants at its Feb. 10 meeting. Grants were awarded by the Nature Fund and the Martis Fund. TTCFand#8217;s Nature Fund is a dedicated endowment that provides funding to environment/conservation activities and environmental education programs that encourage good stewardship of this region.
Established in 2006, the Martis Fund supports programs to conserve open space; manage and restore habitat and forest lands; and promote opportunities for workforce housing and related community purposes in the Martis Valley Region. Funding for grant programs comes from private community benefit fees. The Martis Fund is a collaborative project of DMB/Highlands Group, Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAPF), and Sierra Watch.
Organizations to receive funding include:
BEAR League: $5,000 for paintball guns and non-lethal ammunition to provide aversive conditioning to retrain bears to avoid humans.
California Trout: $9,500 to facilitate a Fisheries Consortium that works to ensure restoration benefits to trout fisheries are optimized in conservation efforts.
KidZone Museum: $5,000 to create a Sierra Nature Center where children can learn the importance and fragility of the natural environment.
Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAPF): $8,000 for connecting the Landscape and#8211; Martis Valley to Mt. Rose.
Sierra Watershed Education Partnership: $10,000 to create a regional environmental youth leadership program.
Sugar Pine Foundation: $8,000 to restore 50 acres of Martis Valley and Alder Creek by planting 2,500 healthy seedlings with the help of more than 200 students and volunteers.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association: $2,500 to provide appropriate tools and safety equipment for volunteers on the trail.
Truckee River Watershed Council: $67,000 in collaboration with the Truckee Donner Land Trust, this project addresses goals of acquisition and restoration in the Martis Valley.
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