Prince William Sound Resource Advisory Committee To Accept Project Proposals

Contact(s): Dan Reum, Nancy O’Brien

The Prince William Sound Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking project applications for the Secure Rural Schools Title II funding. The Prince William Sound RAC has a current allocation of approximately $826,000. These funds need to be approved and obligated before September 30, 2018. These funds are available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Title II projects are recommended by resource advisory committees and approved by the Forest Supervisor.  Title II funds may be used for making additional investments in, and creating additional employment opportunities through, projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implementing stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restoring and improving land health and water quality.  Successful project applications 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 forest ecosystem health;
  • Watershed restoration and maintenance;
  • Restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat;
  • Control of noxious and exotic weeds; and
  • Re-establishment of native species.

Additionally, at least 50 percent of all Title II funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to:

  • Road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or
  • Restoration of streams and watersheds.

Title II projects recommended by Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) must be within the RAC’s geographical boundary (see attached map). Projects must be located on National Forest System Lands of the Chugach National Forest (outside of the Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula boroughs) or on other nearby lands if the project will directly benefit resources on the National Forest. Projects can be completed in a variety of ways, including by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals or corporations.  Proposals will be accepted from any individual or organization.  Proposals with multiple funding sources are particularly welcome. 

Email Dan Reum for the RAC project proposal form and instructions.  All proposals are to be emailed directly to Nancy O’Brien at  Deadline is close of business May 20th 2016.

The RAC will review and vote on projects for recommending to the Forest Supervisor during their next meeting (approximately mid-June). The public is welcome to attend the RAC meetings.  For more information on the Committee or to learn more about proposing projects please contact the RAC Coordinator Nancy O’Brien at 907-424-4722 or Dave Zastrow at 907-424-4754.

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