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News.bytes Extra, issue 468

BLM National Training Center helps North Coast partners hone grant-writing skills

Bureau of Land Management employees joined with partners from non-profit groups and government organizations last week to hone their skills at writing grant proposals for North Coast Conservation Projects.  The course was offered free for partners interested in improving their changes of winning grant funding for important conservation work on public lands. The BLM's National Training Center from Phoenix hosted the three-day session at the Scotia Inn in the historic lumber town of Scotia. (text continues below)

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Instructor Pete Pinney from the University of Alaska addresses the class on the importance of writing measurable and obtainable objectives.

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Students collaborate on developing grant proposals.  The students left the workshop with draft grant proposals in hand.

The workshop featured instructors with extensive background in developing successful grant proposals.  Helene Aarons, a retired BLM employee, provided insight on grassroots resources and challenged the students to think about grants in non traditional ways.  David Knight, a fund raising consultant from Brunswick, Maine, shared his 25 years of experience in building donor bases and provided advice on matching fund providers and projects.

The instructors evaluated and critiqued the draft proposals developed by the students.

BLM Arcata Field Manager Lynda Roush welcomed the participants, emphasizing the importance of partnerships in conserving important natural resources on California's North Coast.

Partner organizations participating in the workshop included the California Conservation Corps, Friends of the Dunes, California Coastal National Monument Trindidad Gateway, Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group, Lost Coast Interpretive Association, Humboldt State University, Youth Alive Outdoor Recreation, Redwood Region Audubon, Humboldt County, City of Trinidad, California State Parks, Humboldt County Cooperative Extension (University of California) and the Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 2/4/11

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Last updated: 02-10-2011