NFWF Longleaf Stewardship Fund Now Accepting Proposals for 2020

Sunshine Through Pine

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has today announced the release of the 2020 request for proposals under the Longleaf Stewardship Fund.

The Longleaf Stewardship Fund is a landmark public-private partnership supported with Federal funding from USDA’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service; the Department of Defense; the US Fish and Wildlife Service; and, private funding from International Paper’s Forestland Stewards Partnership, Southern Company, Altria Group, American Forest Foundation’s Southern Woods for At-Risk Wildlife Partnership, and The Orton Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, founded by Louis Bacon.

In 2018, NFWF’s board of directors adopted the Longleaf Forest and Rivers Business Plan. The longleaf pine component of this 10-year plan builds upon the efforts of the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative and includes a goal of restoring, enhancing or maintaining three million acres of longleaf pine habitat to improve populations of the species dependent on this ecosystem.

The plan also outlines goals for the red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, Bachman’s sparrow, and northern bobwhite, species that are representative of a broader suite of wildlife that will also benefit from a healthy longleaf pine ecosystem.

This request for proposals (RFP) expects to award up to $5.5 million in federal and private sector funding in support of projects that restore, enhance and maintain longleaf pine on private and public lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. In addition, some funding is available to support bottomland hardwood restoration and enhancement within specific geographies outlined with the RFP. All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the longleaf pine and associated species goals outlined in the Longleaf Forest and Rivers Business Plan.

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 2:00pm Eastern to answer applicant questions, registration required:…/3457579643308682764

Full proposals are due Thursday, February 6, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact Jon Scott (