Environmental grants awarded by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation | SierraSun.com

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.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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