Wilderness Digest reports that in late December 2013, the Forest Service allocated approximately $80,000 to each region to support local community 50th anniversary events.
Funds must be spent during fiscal year 2014 (i.e. before October 1). The way funds are distributed in each region will vary; some regions will allot amounts to each National Forest; others will allot on a project basis.
If you are a Forest Service office or an organization that partners with the Forest Service and you are interested in using these funds for local events, contact the Regional Wilderness Program Manager for your region to ask about the process for funds allocation within your region.
All projects completed using these funds must be documented on an accomplishments template.
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, in partnership with the Forest Service, will launch a kiosk construction project in forests across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
“The goal is to highlight the importance of stewardship to wilderness in this golden anniversary year,” notes Shaaron Netherton, NWSA Board Vice Chair and Executive Director of Friends of Nevada Wilderness. “Our goal is to build 15-17 kiosks on trailheads from Alaska to Maine that will engage Friends groups and youth, the Forest Service and Job Corps, as well as communities while building awareness and excitement for the 50th Anniversary.”