August 14, 2015 – Olympia, WA – This year’s deadline for accepting Title II project proposals has been extended until August 31. Projects must be recommended by the Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee and approved by the Forest Supervisor by September 30, 2017. Funds must be obligated by September 30, 2018.
Title II projects can cover a wide range of interests. Each project, however, is required to provide a direct or indirect benefit to resources on National Forest System lands. Past projects have included watershed restoration, stream stabilization, invasive plant treatments, trail improvements, and road maintenance.
Funding for Title II projects is provided through the Secure Rural Schools Act, which provides payments to counties in lieu of tax income associated with federal land. The Secure Rural Schools Act was reauthorized for another two years in April, 2015. Olympic National Forest received a total of $375,580 in Title II funds. The breakdown by county is as follows: Clallam $129,177; Grays Harbor $71,231; Jefferson $121,233; and Mason $53,939.
Title II Project Submission Forms are available on Olympic National Forest’s website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/olympic/workingtogether/advisorycommittees/?cid=fsbdev3_049547
Hard copy forms are available at the Supervisor’s Office in Olympia. Completed forms may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms may also be submitted in person or by mail: Olympic National Forest, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, attention: Public Affairs.
All applications must be received or postmarked by August 31, 2015. For additional information, please call 360-956-2274.