Redwood Research Grants Available From Save the Redwoods League

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---Request for research proposals examining forest restoration techniques, climate change impacts, wildlife habitat protection and the impact of fire on young and old forests

Crown‐mapping involves measurements of heights, diameters, distances, and azimuths of all branches. Photo by Stephen Sillett, Institute for Redwood Ecology, Humboldt State University

Since 1997, Save the Redwoods League has awarded 74 research grants totaling more than $1million to researchers, universities, schools, nonprofit organizations and organizations seeking to improve the understanding of redwoods and their ecosystems.

Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced its annual request for redwood research proposals (RFP). The League supports basic and applied hypothesis-driven research on the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forest ecosystems. To conserve and restore these ecosystems in the coming decades, the League funds research that expands its understanding of ecosystem function, community interactions, rare and threatened species, and the impact of climate change on redwood forests. The League encourages proposals on all topics that advance the understanding of these ecosystems. Grant candidates can apply at SaveTheRedwoods.org/grants to receive up to $15,000. Proposals are due Friday, November 4, 2011.

This year the League is especially interested in projects that focus on one of the following topics:
1.    How is climate change impacting forest biogeochemical cycling?
2.    How effective are forest restoration techniques?
3.    How is wildlife affected by forest management?
4.    How does fire impact young and late-seral forests?

Since 1997, Save the Redwoods League has awarded 74 research grants totaling more than $1million to researchers, individuals, universities, schools, nonprofit organizations, public charities and organizations seeking to improve the understanding of redwoods and their ecosystems. For more information on the League’s research grant recipients, please visit the League’s website.

About Save the Redwoods League
Walk through a redwood forest—home of the tallest, largest, and some of the oldest living beings on Earth—and you can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of awe and peace among these magnificent giants. Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has led the effort to protect the coast redwoods and giant sequoias for all to experience and enjoy. To date the League has completed the purchase of more than 189,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land. For more information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org, or to receive monthly email updates, sign up at SaveTheRedwoods.org/signup.

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