A project proposal due date and meeting dates are scheduled over the next few weeks. The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for one year.
RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Clearwater, Idaho and Latah counties or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. The RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintains roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.
If you are interested in submitting a project, please complete the Project Proposal form located at: https://fsplaces.fs.fed.us/fsfiles/unit/wo/secure_rural_schools.nsf/RAC/North+Central+Idaho?OpenDocument or contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) Laura Smith at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, ID 83530. Smith can also be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 208-983-5143. Project proposals are due to Smith by February 28, 2014.
Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if approved by the RAC.
The North Central Idaho RAC meetings are scheduled for March 12, 2014 and April 10, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Pacific Time). Both meetings will be held at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, Idaho. At the March meeting, oral presentations will be given on projects to select/approve projects for funding for FY 2014. If needed, oral presentations will continue at the April meeting and the RAC will recommend selected projects for funding approval. Meetings are always open to the public.