Forest Service reopens Opportunity to Submit Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

Contact(s): Christopher Warner

The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest has reopened the opportunity to submit proposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Project proposals will be accepted through December 15, 2019.  

Funding is provided for counties through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which was re-authorized by Congress in 2018.  

Approximately $230,000 of Title II funds are available for new projects in the four county Allegheny National Forest area – Elk, Forest, McKean, and Warren Counties. Proposals will be accepted from all four counties; however, proposals in Forest County will be given priority consideration.  

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 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 winter 2020. 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: