Southern AZ Resource Advisory Committee Proposal Selection
Release Date: Dec 3, 2021
November 24, 2021 — The Southern Arizona Resource Advisory Committee (SA-RAC) announces selection of proposals for funding under the authority of the Title II Special Projects of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000.
A total of 23 proposals were submitted across Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz Counties for available funds from Secure Rural Schools appropriated funds 2017 – 2020. Over $1.9 million of projects from Forest personnel, non-profit organizations, and private entities were submitted while only $881,880 was available.
The Resource Advisory Committee recommended a diverse suite of projects to improve ecosystem health, restore watershed conditions, and enhance wildlife habitat. These projects will promote community engagement, partnerships, and collaboration both on National Forest System lands and on non-federal land.
Projects and award recipients by county include:
|Building a future with saguaros post Bush Fire||Tucson Audubon Society|
|Bush Fire Replanting Project||Natural Restoration|
|Building a future with saguaros post Bush Fire||Tuscon Audobon Society|
|Bush Fire Replanting Project||Arizona Trail Association|
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
|Wild Chile Botanical Area Native Vegetation Restoration||Borderlands Restoration Network|
|Pyeatt Ranch Erosion Control for Babocomari Watershed Health||AZ Land and Water Trust|
|Enhancing the Connectivity of the Coronado National Forest Through Watershed Restoration and Community Engagement||Borderlands Restoration Networ|
|New Generation of Freemont Cottonwoods on Sonoita Creek||Tuscon Audobon Society|
|Enhancement of Santa Catalina Mountain Water Sources for Wildlife||Sky Island Alliance|
|Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Erosion Control and Enhanced Infiltration Project||Watershed Management Group|
|Santa Catalina Cobblestone WUI Invasive Treatment||Forest Service, National Forest Foundation|
|Enhancing Wildlife Habitat and Water Source Security in the Huachuca Mountain Foothills||Sky Island Alliance|
|Youth Harvest the Rain Across Cochise County||Borderlands Restoration Network|
SA-RAC Designated Federal Officer and Acting Deputy Regional Forester Kerwin S. Dewberry stated
“The implementation of these projects will add to the conservation efforts we all seek to achieve. These projects contribute towards restoring and enhancing resilient landscapes in the 21st century. Together we strive to be stewards of our public lands. Thank you to all applicants who submitted proposals”
Learn more about Secure Rural Schools or becoming a member of the Resource Advisory Committee. Questions may be directed to SA-RAC Coordinator Dana Backer.