With support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is pleased to announce $220,000 in grant funding to support biodiversity conservation projects on public lands within the California Floristic Province ecological region.
With an area of approximately 113,438 square miles, the California Floristic Province ecological region includes 70% of California and extends into southwestern Oregon, a small part of western Nevada and northern Baja California. The area was designated a hotspot in 1996 and shares this distinction with 33 other places in the world. Biodiversity hotspots are home to the highest diversity of endemics—plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world. Part of what makes California a hotspot is that its spectacular biodiversity is seriously threatened with at least 75% of the original habitat already lost.
“Protecting and nurturing these rich ecosystems is vital to supporting all life on our planet,” said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, president and CEO of NEEF. “We appreciate the partnership with Toyota to focus on this important region.”
The grant funds will support a cohort of conservation projects working within the same ecological region to preserve its unique biodiversity. Funds will also be used to engage the public through volunteer and community events designed to educate and address local biodiversity issues in their communities.
"These grants are funding activities that directly address our commitment to achieving the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 goals," said Kevin Butt, senior director of environmental sustainability at Toyota North America. "Biodiversity is one of the core focus areas of Toyota North America, and protecting and increasing these unique, rich, but threatened ecosystems, is key to making the world better, safer, and healthier.”
The California Floristic Province ecological region is the second to receive Biodiversity Conservation Grant Funds. In 2019, the National Capital Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) received funding for a two-year project to manage invasive species across the National Capital Region, restoring biodiversity and protecting critical habitats in parts of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Each of the four projects below was awarded $55,000 towards work that will protect and improve this valuable ecological region.
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In April 2021, NEEF and Toyota Motor North America announced $220,000 in grant funding to support biodiversity...