Bozeman, MT – The Gallatin and Southern Montana Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) are accepting project submissions for the 2016 field season from October 21, 2015 – January 27, 2016. The two-year Secure Rural Schools (SRS) reauthorization allows both Gallatin and Southern Montana RAC’s to convene and recommend projects to the Custer Gallatin National Forest in 2015 and 2016. The RAC’s receive Title II federal funding based on a percentage that individual counties elect. Participating counties include: Gallatin County along with Park, Sweet Grass, Stillwater and Powder River counties making up the Southern Montana RAC.
“RAC project proposals represent the interests and needs of specific communities and we get to hear from many organizations about important projects with potential to benefit National Forests System lands,” said Mary Erickson, Custer Gallatin Forest Supervisor. “It is a great avenue for citizens, partners and organizations to bring project ideas forward. Many of these projects benefit overall ecosystem health and recreationists often see work done on trails they care about.”
Acceptable project proposals aim to enhance forest ecosystems and restore and improve land health or water quality on the Custer Gallatin National Forest and/or adjacent lands. Past projects have included Hyalite snowplowing, avalanche education, OHV and trail enhancements, aquatic invasive species prevention, weed eradication and road improvements leading to or on National Forest System lands, along with watershed projects.
RAC projects must be located on or be adjacent to and directly benefiting National Forest System (NFS) lands within the respective participating counties on the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Projects can be completed through partnership agreements, by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations, or by Forest Service personnel. Organizations, government entities, or individuals may submit proposals and are strongly encouraged to work with each local ranger district on project submissions and feasibility, prior to submitting the final proposal.
Project Submission Forms are available online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin and clicking on the right-hand Resource Advisory Committee quicklink.