El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee Requests Proposals for Funding Projects to Benefit Federal Lands

Release Date: Mar 5, 2021

Contact(s): Traci Allen, 530-919-5086


El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is now accepting proposals for projects to benefit Federal lands in El Dorado County.

The RAC is a 15-member committee representing diverse views and partners and is appointed by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agricultural to provide advice and recommend funding projects consistent with the Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (Act) 2000 (reauthorized in March 2018). Funds may be used for creating additional employment opportunities through projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality.

Applications are welcome for projects that have broad-based support and objectives that may include, but are not limited to: road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvement; improvements in ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; and reestablishment of native grasses. At least 50% of the funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or restoration of streams and watersheds.

Currently, approximately $118,000 is available for eligible projects and another rounding of funding is anticipated to be included in this call for proposals.

Applications, instructions, project evaluation criteria, and other information are found on the El Dorado County RAC website. A letter of support from the local District Ranger or other Federal representative is required with the application.

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Completed project application package should be submitted electronically to: ElDoradoRAC@usda.gov

Application deadline: April 16, 2021 (by 4:30 pm)

The RAC committee will recommend eligible projects to the appropriate Designated Federal Official. Jeff Marsolais, the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor says, “the RAC has made great progress in a short period of time and I look forward to seeing projects that will benefit public lands.”

Applicants with questions on submitting a project can contact Kristi Schroeder, kristi.schroeder@usda.gov or by attending the next RAC meeting on April 7 from 4-6 pm through Microsoft Teams.

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(323)-886-7051
Phone Conference ID: 102 868 402# 

Please visit the following websites for more information on the Secure Rural Schools program and Resource Advisory Committees (RACs):

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