USFS Accepting Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

USFS Accepting Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

The USDA Forest Service is accepting proposals that are seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).

“The public is encouraged to propose projects designed to improve Forest Service-managed lands and the rural economies of local counties,” stated Designated Federal Official Rich Hatfield. 

Funding is provided for counties through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which was re-authorized by Congress in 2018. Approximately $200,000 of Title II funds are available for new projects in Forest County. 

For this round of projects, only proposals in Forest County will be accepted. 

To be considered for funding, completed project applications must be received by July 12, 2019.  The RAC will work closely with the Forest Service to review and recommend project proposals.

Hatfield said, “We look forward to working with the RAC to identify and implement projects that will provide long term benefits to the local communities as well as to public resources.”

Projects that benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; that maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure; obliterate unneeded roads; or control noxious weeds, will be considered. To qualify for Title II funding, RAC projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Forest County or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the National Forest.

The Forest Service is accepting applications on behalf of the RAC. Please call (814) 363-6098, or email RAC Designated Federal Official, Rich Hatfield at Richard.Hatfield@usda.gov with questions or to have project proposal forms sent to you.

Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Project proposals not approved previously may be resubmitted.

The RAC will review projects for possible funding during a meeting in the fall of 2019. The public is welcome to attend the RAC meetings.

Additional information about the Secure Rural Schools Act Title II funds and Resource Advisory Committees may be found on the following website:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs

Proposals will only be accepted through July 12, 2019.”

Information Provided by Allegheny National Forest News Release

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