The Forest CORE (Community Opportunities for Restoration and Enhancement) Fund for the Mountain Valley Pipeline region was established under VOF’s TERRA Program in June 2018 using $15 million from a mitigation agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC. The Fund’s purpose is to mitigate forest fragmentation that results from the clearing and grubbing activities along the pipeline’s 303-mile right-of-way through Virginia. Grants will be used for projects that compensate for forest fragmentation by preserving, connecting and enhancing forest resources.
To provide mitigation of forest fragmentation through:
Projects that result in avoided deforestation such as:
Projects that establish new forest land such as:
Projects that restore or enhance forestland such as:
VOF completed its first grant round of $3.6 million in December 2018. A second grant round was announced in April 2019 with a deadline for applications of June 28, 2019. Check back at this page for future updates and announcements.
Any forest land preserved, established, or enhanced using funding from this grant program must be:
The second round of grants was announced in April 2019 and the application deadline was June 28, 2019. Future grant rounds will be announced on this page.
Scroll down to the Downloads section to obtain a PDF version of the grant manual and supporting documentation.