The 53 nationwide grants are being awarded through a public-private partnership that includes NFWF, the National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, FedEx, the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Company and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urban Refuges Program, along with additional support by PG&E, Alcoa Foundation and Bank of America.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program provides financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, streamside and coastal habitat restoration with a particular focus on urban waters and watersheds. It also emphasizes results-based collaboration with diverse partners, including environmental groups, public agencies, non-governmental organizations, landowners, schools, businesses and others.
Grant recipients were selected based on criteria such as critical habitat restoration, partnerships they have established with local government agencies and businesses and their ability to provide educational and training opportunities for youth and the community at large.
The following 11 projects have been awarded Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grants through funding from Southern Company to implement wetland, riparian and coastal conservation initiatives:
SOURCE Southern Company