Humboldt, Del Norte advisory committees request project proposals

EUREKA, Calif. – The Humboldt County and Del Norte County Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) are seeking proposals for natural resource improvement projects that benefit National Forest System (NFS) lands and local communities. Authorized through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Secure Rural Schools Act), each RAC has 9 to 15 members representing diverse interests related to public land management. Approximately $64,000 is expected to be available for RAC-approved projects in Humboldt County, and $169,000 for Del Norte County.

Project proposals 1) may be submitted by community-based organizations, tribes, individuals, or government agencies that are eligible for funding consideration with the US Forest Service; 2) must demonstrate a benefit to NFS lands or resources; and 3) 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.

Project proposals must be submitted to the forest’s RAC coordinator, Devin McMahon, by February 14, 2020, to be considered for funding. Project submission forms (https://go.usa.gov/xpBzY) and information on project requirements (https://go.usa.gov/xpBz4) are available online. Project proposals for both RACs will be evaluated next spring. The meetings to review the proposals will be open to the public.

Volunteer RAC members advise the forest about the use of monies allocated through the Secure Rural Schools Act (www.fs.usda.gov/main/srnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees and www.fs.usda.gov/pts). Each committee was formed to encourage cooperation between the US Forest Service and local communities on projects that provide mutual benefits to forest resources and communities.

For additional information, to receive a project submission form via email, or to submit a project proposal, contact Devin McMahon at (707) 441-3527 or devin.mcmahon@usda.gov.





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