The America the Beautiful Challenge
In 2022, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established the America the Beautiful Challenge, a grant opportunity that combines public-private conservation and restoration funding to advance large landscape scale projects. Through NFWF, applicants can receive funding from multiple federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Defense for activities that restore, protect, and conserve critical landscapes. By combining funding from multiple agencies and private organizations, the America the Beautiful Challenge provides applicants with a streamlined application process for developing innovative projects that protect critical natural resources.
2022 DOD America the Beautiful Challenge Recipients
NFWF's Press Release | November 10, 2022
Habitat Management, Wildfire Mitigation and Engaging Communities in the Georgia Sentinel Landscape: Funding for this project will build on the existing West Central Georgia Prescribed Fire Initiative to continue efforts to improve forest health in areas neighboring Fort Benning. Specific activities include executing prescribed burns on 20,000 acres of private land, 5,000 acres of public land, and installing new firebreaks for at least 50 landowners per year to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires across the region and Georgia Sentinel Landscape.
Enhancing Climate and Watershed Adaptation Strategies in the Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape: To support mission flexibility and installation resilience at Fort Huachuca, project partners, including Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, University of Arizona, and Tucson Audubon Society, will perform hazardous fuel reduction on over 70 acres, eradicate invasive species across 28,000 acres of riparian habitat, and repair over 700 acres of degraded waterways through erosion control and revegetation.