Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation (WPEF)

We are a science-based non-profit dedicated to counteracting the decline of whitebark pine and enhancing knowledge about the value of its ecosystems.


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Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation
PO Box 17943
Missoula, Montana 59808

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FHP Gene Conservation, Resistance and Restoration Funding (FY2023)

The U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection program has announced a new funding opportunity for its Gene Conservation, Resistance and Restoration program. Proposals for the Gene CRR program are open to all tree species in the U.S. and its associated territories with greater consideration given to threatened, endangered and sensitive species. FY2023 priority focus areas include seed collections for gene conservation, seed/scion collections for resistance screening, enhancing regeneration or restoration, and other education, outreach or technology transfer aspects.

Please note that proposals related to the regeneration and restoration of whitebark pine should be submitted to the separate funding request for the FHP Whitebark Pine Restoration Program. However, proposals focused on cone collections for gene conservation and/or resistance screening for whitebark pine can be submitted for Gene CRR funds. If funds are needed to cover both gene conservation and operational cone collections in the same area at the same time, separate proposals may be submitted to each of these programs.

Please see the attached documents for a copy of the proposal guidelines and evaluation criteria, proposal form and cone collection guidelines. Final proposals are due by February 1, 2023. However, this funding program requires an internal review of proposals by Regional Offices before they can be forwarded to the Washington Office for consideration. U.S. Forest Service Regions 1 and 4 should email proposals to Gina Davis by January 20 for internal review. For additional program information or questions, please contact Sky Stephens with Forest Health Protection in the Washington Office.