Projects will compete for funding provided through the reauthorized “Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.” Project proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2015 to receive consideration.
The RAC is comprised of environmental and industry representatives, elected officials and local citizens who will review project proposals and make funding recommendations to the Designated Officer, Deschutes National Forest Supervisor, John Allen.
In April 2015, Congress passed a reauthorization of the Act which allocates monies to be used for projects through 2017. Funds are available for natural resource projects on or adjacent to National Forest lands in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath and Wheeler counties. Approved projects must enhance forest ecosystems, restore and improve land health and water quality, or improve existing facilities and infrastructure.
More information about the Secure Rural Schools Act can be found at the Forest Service national web site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/srs.
Please contact Sean Ferrell, Title II RAC Program Coordinator by phone 541-383-5576 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are uncertain whether a potential project would fit the parameters of the Act.
Project submission forms are available on the national forest’s website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/deschutes/workingtogether/advisorycommittees/ and also can be obtained at the Deschutes National Forest Headquarters at 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701.
Please send completed project submission forms to Katrina Van Dis, Program Administrator at Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Attn: Katrina Van Dis, 334 NE Hawthorne Avenue, Bend, OR 97701.