Funding Available for Forest Projects

Contact(s): Virginia Gibbons


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2019                                    

Contact: Virginia Gibbons, Public Affairs & Partnerships (541) 618-2113

 

Funding Available for Forest Projects

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Accepting Proposals for Title II Funding

 

Southwest Oregon—Proposals for natural resource projects to benefit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Curry, Coos, Josephine and Del Norte Counties, are now being accepted. The project proposals will be reviewed and recommended for funding by the Siskiyou, OR Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) during a meeting tentatively scheduled for June 12 & 13 in Brookings, OR.  

An estimated total of $575,297 is available in Curry ($302,321), Josephine ($187,987), Coos ($60,148) and Del Norte (CA) ($24,841) Counties. This amount represents two years of funding (FY17-FY18) allocated through Title II provisions of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act reauthorized in 2015. Project proposals are due by May 8, 2019, no exceptions please.

The Secure Rural Schools legislation encourages non-profit organizations, state and county governments and academia and private enterprises to propose projects that are located on, benefit national forest system lands.

Eligible projects include: restoring or maintaining watersheds; restoring fish or wildlife habitat; removing noxious weeds; maintaining roads and trails; bridge rehabilitation; re-establishing native plant species; reducing hazardous fuels and others. Proposals that involve partners and leverage additional funding generally compete best.

All partners and cooperators interested in submitting projects must contact Forest Partnership Coordinator Kim Hunter at (541) 247-3636 early in the development stage to discuss project concepts.

Applicants are required to submit projects on-line at https://tinyurl.com/ybdd9qcb and also in word document format. All information must be entered in one work session while online. We request drafting proposals in a word document (scroll down to “Siskiyou RAC Title II Project Application Form” link) first and then transfer content to the on-line system utilizing the link above, ensuring that the “Siskiyou OR” RAC is selected in the “Name of Resource Advisory Committee” block. When completed, email a copy of your word document proposal and attachments, if any (maps and supporting documentation) to kimmarie.hunter@usda.gov. To reference prior RAC project proposals, go to http://tinyurl.com/jadkbzc 

The Siskiyou (OR) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will review the project proposals and make recommendations for funding to a Designated Federal Official.  The RAC is made of citizens representing a variety of natural resource-based interests. The RAC meeting date will be announced in the Federal Register and in a subsequent news release. This meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunity for public comment.  For more information about Secure Rural Schools Act and Resource Advisory Committees, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/pts or contact RAC Program Coordinator Virginia Gibbons at (541) 618-2113.

 

 





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