“Although many fiscal 2014 project proposals are developed by local Forest Service Ranger Districts, project applications may also be proposed by other agencies, local governments, organizations, or individuals in coordination with their local Forest Service partners,” said Jeff Tomac, the Title II Designated Federal Official and Whitman District Ranger.
Projects must benefit National Forest lands and their resources. The project funding is intended to enhance forest ecosystems, restore and improve land health and water quality, or improve the maintenance of existing facilities within the forests. Because this law is set to expire, projects must be completed no later than September of 2014.
The Northeast Oregon Forest Resource Advisory Committee reviews the project proposals and provides recommendations to Forest Supervisors. Since the special funding became available over $22 million has been allocated to projects in 9 Northeastern Oregon counties.
Past projects have varied widely and have included culvert replacement to facilitate fish passage, noxious weed control, roadside brush cutting, aspen and riparian restoration, hazardous fuels reduction, forest road resurfacing, and thinning contracts.
Enacted by Congress in 2000 and reauthorized in 2014, “This law has provided a secure level of funding for schools and roads over the last ten years,” said Tomac.
Project submission forms are available at each National Forest office, or on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forests’ website at:
For more information please contact the Whitman District Ranger 541-52-6391, La Grande District Ranger 541-963-7186 or Wallowa Mountains Office District Ranger 541-426-5546.