Amador County Resource Advisory Committee Accepting Project Proposals
Release Date: Aug 13, 2012
The Amador County Resource Advisory Committee is accepting proposals for projects that benefit National Forest lands in El Dorado County. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2012. Applications, instructions, project evaluation considerations and other information are found on the Eldorado National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
The committee is expecting to have approximately $28,000 available to recommend projects to the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor.
“The first step in the application process is to go to the website,” said John Hofmann, Amador County Resource Advisory Committee Chairperson. “Rick Hopson, the Forest Service Designated Federal Official, will review the proposals to insure they meet the intent of the law, Forest Service rules and regulations, and the Forests’ Land and Resource Management Plans before presenting them to the committee.”
Resource Advisory Committee funds were made available under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2012 which spells out how the funds can be spent. The Act says funds may be used for the purpose of making additional investments in, and creating additional employment opportunities through, projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality on or near National Forest System lands.
The Act goes on to say that projects should have broad based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to: road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvement; improvements in ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; and reestablishment of native grasses.
At least 50% of the funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to: road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or restoration of streams and watersheds.
The purpose of the Amador County Resource Advisory Committee is to recommend funding of eligible projects to the Forest Supervisor of Eldorado National Forest. The next scheduled RAC meetings are September 11 in the Amador County Public Health Building, Conference Room A 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek at 6 p.m.