Proposals for Watershed Restoration Projects due March 14, 2014
The public is invited to submit applications for Title II projects designed to improve lands within the boundaries of the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. Project proposals need to be coordinated with Forest personnel and submitted to county commissioners by March 14, 2014 to compete for funding provided through “The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.”
Projects must benefit National Forest lands and their resources. The project funding is intended to enhance forest ecosystems, restore and improve land health and water quality, or improve the maintenance of existing facilities within the forests. Because this law is set to expire, projects must be completed no later than September of 2014.
The Northeast Oregon Forest Resource Advisory Committee reviews the project proposals and provides recommendations to Forest Supervisors. Since the special funding became available over $22 million has been allocated to projects in 9 Northeastern Oregon counties.
Past projects have varied widely and have included culvert replacement to facilitate fish passage, noxious weed control, roadside brush cutting, aspen and riparian restoration, hazardous fuels reduction, forest road resurfacing, and thinning contracts.
Project submission forms are available here:
Title II Submission Form Instructions
Title II Submission Form
For more information please contact the Whitman District Ranger 541-52-6391, La Grande District Ranger 541-963-7186 or Wallowa Mountains Office District Ranger 541-426-5546.
US Forest Service Secure Rural Schools website.
On October 3, 2008 a new law was enacted, amending the original Secure Rural Schools Act with some significant changes. Learn more about the Forest Service implementation of the new Secure Rural Schools Act from the link below.
The Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees site includes the following information about the program.
Overview of the program
Map of Resource Advisory Committee Area
Members & Contacts
Meeting Information & Minutes