The National Commission for Science on Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) has released a 2003 Request for Proposals for its Sustainable Forestry and Biodiversity program.

The National Commission for Science on Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) is soliciting Letters of Intent (Due February 2, 2004) for our annual competitive awards process.

NCSSF will fund 8 specific projects in 2004 on sustainable forest management (SFM) and biodiversity related to: intensive even-aged forest management; incentives for practicing SFM on non-industrial private forest lands; engaging non-industrial private landowners; implications of post-fire recovery strategies; assessing public knowledge, values, and attitudes; invasives decision support approaches; species invasions and impacts; and, guidelines for participatory inventorying and monitoring.

NCSSF's mission is to improve the scientific basis for the design, conduct and evaluation of sustainable forestry practices in the U.S. NCSSF work must be both of the highest technical quality and directly relevant to the needs of forest managers, policymakers and practitioners.

Based on the Letters of Intent, three candidates for each project will be invited to submit proposals for external review. Final awards are expected by May 2004 and will range from $50,000 to $100,000 each depending on the project. Further information, project descriptions and instructions for Letters of Intent are available on December 22 at:

NCSSF is a program of the National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE), an independent not-for-profit NGO, dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.

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