MAP supports the strategic focus areas of Forest Health and Outdoor Experiences.
Projects that fit into the Outdoor Experiences program area are results-oriented, on-the-ground, projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of Outdoor Experiences on National Forests by:
- Improving, or maintaining recreation resource connectivity including, and similar to: trail maintenance, bridge and crossing construction or repair, and installation of trail drainage structures; and/or
- Engaging youth, volunteers, or diverse, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities; and/or
- Employing youth and/or veterans crews to implement on-the-ground conservation, stewardship and/or restoration work.
Projects that generate tangible conservation outcomes while enhancing high quality recreational experiences for the users of the National Forest System will receive weighted advantage. Funds cannot support improvements of hardened facilities including, and similar to: campgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, visitor centers, and major signage.
Projects that fit into the Forest Health program area are results-oriented, on-the-ground, citizen-involved projects that maintain and/or restore forest resiliency by:
- Promoting forest structural complexity, function and diversity over time; and/or
- Promoting forest health through the removal or control of non-native invasive species, and/or reintroduction of native plants and trees.
Projects that are consistent with or supportive of large-scale conservation initiatives will receive weighted advantage.