Project proposals are due June 8 to the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) in order for review and possible funding for fiscal year 2015.
RAC-funded projects must be located on national forest system lands in Clearwater, Idaho and Latah counties or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the national forests. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations.
The RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintains roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds. The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for two years.
Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if approved by the RAC.
To submit a project, complete the online project proposal form at:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/workingtogether/advisorycommittees or contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) Laura Smith at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, ID 83530; e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 983-5143.
The North Central Idaho RAC meetings are scheduled for June 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., (Pacific Time) at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville. At the June 17 meeting, oral presentations will be given on projects to select/approve projects for funding for FY 2015.