In 2011 and 2012 Gallatin and Southern MT RAC’s approved more than forty projects across the two national forests working with over sixty organizations on respective projects. “The Resource Advisory Committees offer a great opportunity for people to bring work ideas forward for potential funding. RAC project proposals are submitted by community members and organizations and represent the interests and needs of specific communities,” said Custer and Gallatin Forest Supervisor Mary Erickson. “We encourage folks to submit proposals for consideration by August 27.”
In the next nine weeks both the Gallatin County and Southern Montana RAC’s will work closely with the Forest Service to collect proposals and recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds, and other resources; maintain roads, trails, and other infrastructure; and/or control noxious weeds.
RAC projects must be located on National Forest System (NFS) lands within the respective counties on the Custer and Gallatin National Forests. 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.
Project Submission Forms are available on the Custer and Gallatin National Forest websites at http://www.fs.usda.gov/custer or www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin . Forms must be submitted by August 27; electronic submissions are preferred. To learn more about the National RAC program visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/pts.
Each RAC will begin reviewing project proposals for possible funding during upcoming meetings in September. Gallatin County RAC will meet on Wednesday, September 12 at the Bozeman Public Library from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Southern Montana RAC is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., location TBD. Due to the rapid turnaround, project proponents are asked to attend each respective RAC meeting, but may only have a brief moment to discuss their projects or provide clarifying questions before the RAC makes its final decisions. The RAC is required to complete their recommendations to the Designated Federal Official by September 30, 2012.
The public is welcome to attend any and all RAC meetings. For additional information on the RAC or to learn more about proposing projects, please contact Mariah Leuschen, 406-255-1411.