Umatilla National Forest accepting proposals for Title II funding

Contact(s): Darcy Weseman (541) 278-3722

PENDLETON, Ore. – Proposals for natural resource projects to benefit the Umatilla National Forest are now being accepted for review by the Columbia County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). The total amount of Title II funds available for distribution could be up to $99,396.

Project proposals must be entered online at by the project applicant. Use “Columbia Co, WA” as the Resource Advisory Committee name.  Please include any needed maps or attachments. To view examples of prior project proposals visit Project proposals are due by March 9, 2020. 

The RAC is made of citizens representing a variety of natural resource-based interests who were selected by the Secretary of Agriculture to advise the Forest Service on the use of funds allocated to Columbia County through the Reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, also called “Payments to States” Act. RAC members will review proposed land management projects on or adjacent to national forest lands in Columbia County in Washington State. The RAC then makes recommendations to the Forest Service in accordance with the Act on which projects should be funded.

Non-profit and youth-based organizations, state and county governments, academic, and private enterprises are encouraged to propose projects. Natural resource agencies may also submit project proposals. Eligible projects include:

  • Restoring or maintaining watersheds
  • Restoring fish or wildlife habitat
  • Removing noxious weeds
  • Maintaining or decommissioning roads and trails
  • Bridge rehabilitation
  • Re-establishing native species
  • Reducing hazardous fuels

Individuals and groups interested in submitting projects are encouraged to discuss their proposals with a Forest Service representative prior to submitting their application.

Members of the Columbia County RAC will review the projects in an open public meeting, which is scheduled at 6 p.m. on March 16, 2020, at the Best Western Hotel at 507 E Main St., Dayton, Washington.  The meeting will focus on general business and reviewing and recommending project proposals that meet the intent of the Payments to States Act. Objectives of the proposed projects are to protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat; improve the maintenance of existing Forest Service infrastructure; protect and enhance ecosystems on the national forests; and restore and improve land health and water quality.  

For more information on the Columbia County RAC, assistance with submitting project proposals, or to receive updates on the meeting status, please contact Mike Rassbach, RAC Designated Federal Official, at or 509-522-6293.