Webinars | Stewarding Native Lands

Tribal Land Stewardship Funding Opportunity Webinar Series

This new webinar series, developed with support from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, highlights various tribal funding opportunities available to tribes and Native-led and Native-serving organizations. The webinars are designed to provide technical assistance and support as part of First Nations’ overall Stewarding Native Lands program. All webinars are free and open to the public. Tribes, nonprofit organizations working in Indian Country, funders looking to invest in Native communities, natural resources managers and environmentalists, and all individuals with an interest in the environment are encouraged to join.

Webinar 1: Tribal Funding for Landscape Scale Restoration

This webinar was held Thursday, November 17, 2022. Access the recording and presentation materials above.

Truly addressing critical issues such as wildfire risk reduction, watershed protection and restoration, invasive species management, and wildlife habitat connectivity requires a landscape scale approach, involving partnerships across boundaries and ownerships to take a holistic approach to restoration and stewardship.

To provide resources for landscape scale restoration efforts, the USDA Forest Service created the Landscape Scale Restoration Program (LSRP), a competitive federal grant opportunity that seeks to promote collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes.

Join us for the first installment of the Tribal Land Stewardship Funding Opportunity Webinar Series to receive an overview of the Landscape Scale Restoration Program and learn how other tribes have benefitted from this funding.

The webinar will also go over the technical assistance and Capacity Support Grants available through First Nations to support tribal entities interested in applying for the USDA Forest Service’s LSRP opportunity.

The Capacity Support Grants are available for tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, tribal organizations and Native-led nonprofits to apply for $3,000 grants to cover staff time or to hire outside consultants to support them with their LSRP grant application. To apply, please go to: https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_1243?SA=SNA&FID=35348


Mary Adelzadeh has over 20 years of experience working with tribal and federal governments and non-governmental organizations in project management, grant-writing, land and natural resource planning and protection, and facilitating collaboration. She currently serves as a consultant to Native-led organizations and initiatives, which includes being a co-lead for the Intertribal Indigenous Stewardship Project focused on creating and strengthening Indigenous networks, strategies, models, and investment opportunities for Indigenous-led stewardship in California. Mary previously served as a senior program officer at First Nations and as a project advisor to the Maidu Summit Consortium and Conservancy, where she supported efforts to restore Maidu Traditional Ecological Knowledge and establish a Maidu Cultural Park in California. Previously, she worked to protect tribal natural and cultural resources as the environmental director of the North Fork Mono Rancheria, a tribe in the Southern Sierra Nevada, and as a liaison between the Bureau of Land Management Lake Havasu Field Office and nine tribes in western Arizona.

Mary serves as an advisory board member to the UC Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. Mary also recently served on the State of California’s topical advisory panel Protecting Biodiversity and Advancing 30×30. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology and Management from the University of California, Davis. Mary earned a Master of Science degree in Resource Policy and Behavior with a concentration in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan.

Margee Haines is a Natural Resource Specialist with the Forest Service Washington Office Cooperative Forestry staff. In this capacity she manages the Landscape Scale Restoration Program and supports large-landscape and cross-boundary work. Previously she was the Southwestern Region’s Cooperative Forestry Program Manager. She started with the Forest Service in 2003 as a Latin America Program Specialist with the Office of International Programs. In this position, she coordinated the Forest Service’s program of cooperation with Mexico to promote sustainable forest management. Margee holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, where her research explored collaborative natural resource management in southern Belize. She spent two years as a Natural Resource Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Bolivia. In her free time, Margee enjoys spending time with her family.