Forest Improvement Projects Sought
Wenatchee, Wash.— Applications are being accepted for Title II projects designed to improve National Forest lands and the rural economies of local counties within the boundaries of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
To be considered in this grant process, project proposals must be submitted to the Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. headquarters in Wenatchee by August 17, 2012.
Final approval for funding will be based on a formal grant or agreement application. The projects will compete for funding provided through the reauthorized “Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.” New legislation has allowed for one additional year of federal funding.
Project proposals must be submitted by August 17, 2012, to receive consideration for Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act funds for 2013.
By law, projects must benefit National Forest lands, directly or indirectly. The projects are to enhance forest ecosystems, restore and improve land health and water quality, or improve the maintenance of existing facilities within the forests. In past years, proposals have come from a variety of proponents including local ranger districts, volunteer organizations and state, county, and local government. Please contact Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. Public Affairs Specialists Robin DeMario or Shannon O’Brien if you are uncertain whether a potential project would fit the parameters of the Act.
A citizen Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) reviews the project proposals and makes funding recommendations to Forest Supervisor Becki Heath. Since this program became available, approximately $6.2 million dollars has been allocated to projects in Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties.
Projects selected during the past nine years have varied widely from trailhead relocation, noxious weed control projects, road stabilization, trail maintenance and construction of trail bridges, roadside brush cutting, relocation of campsites out of sensitive streamside areas, fire risk reduction, forest road resurfacing, enhancing wildlife habitat, rehabilitation of wetlands, toilet replacements and portable toilet rentals, litter and abandoned vehicle removal, herbicide treatments, culvert replacement to facilitate fish passage, and youth-oriented outdoor recreation project work.
The law provides payments to local counties as compensation for the impact of large federal land acreages within their boundaries. For more information about the reauthorized Act, go to www.fs.fed.us/srs .
For those planning to submit projects for consideration, submission forms are available on the Forest’s website at http://go.usa.gov/f1d and can also be obtained at the Forest Headquarters office at 215 Melody Lane in Wenatchee, or at the Okanogan Valley Office at 1240 South Second Avenue in Okanogan.
Please send completed project submission forms to Robin DeMario (firstname.lastname@example.org); hardcopy submissions can be sent to Robin DeMario at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801.