“The authority of the RAC to recommend projects for funding will expire on September 30, 2012, so they need to complete recommendations for 2013 in a very tight timeline,” said Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisor Mary Farnsworth. “At this time we are uncertain as to the amount of funding available, but anticipate it being somewhat less than the $710,000 that was available in 2012.”
The RAC will meet on August 24, 2012 to begin reviewing project proposals for funding. RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System lands in Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone or Benewah 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 download a Project Proposal form from the Idaho Panhandle RAC web page or contact Idaho Panhandle RAC Coordinator, Jason Kirchner, at (208) 765-7211 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to be considered at the August 24 meeting, project proposals are due to Kirchner by August 10, 2012. Depending on the amount of funding available additional meetings of the RAC may be held prior to September 30, 2012 in order to ensure all funds are allocated.
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 RAC meeting will be held at the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisor’s Office, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on August 24, 2012 at 9:00 am. Project sponsors may attend the entire RAC meeting. Meetings are always open to the public.