VANCOUVER, WA - The application period to propose projects designed to improve Gifford Pinchot National Forest lands and the rural economies of local counties has opened.
Submitted projects will be considered for funding and implementation in 2013. Project funding is available through Title II funds under the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 110-343).
Completed project applications must be submitted electronically or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2012. Project application forms are available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/workingtogether/advisorycommittees/?cid=STELPRDB5276880 or from Gifford Pinchot Forest Headquarters, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, Washington 98682.
Instructions for completing the required Title II form also are available online. Applicants for Title II funds are encouraged to submit their forms electronically. E-mail Title II applications to Sue Ripp at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals may also be mailed to Forest Headquarters in care of Sue Ripp, Gifford Pinchot Forest Headquarters, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, Washington 98682.
Title II funded projects work to restore watersheds, decommission roads, remove invasive weeds, enhance forest health, improve recreation sites and maintain roads and trails; as well as other projects benefiting the national forest. The funds are made available by Skamania, Lewis, Cowlitz and Klickitat counties. Counties receive federal funds based on the percentage of land in federal ownership, timber receipt payments and per-capita income.
The applications are reviewed and recommended for Forest Supervisor approval by two citizen-based Resource Advisory Committees. The North Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee reviews and recommends projects submitted for implementation north of the Lewis River watershed boundary. The South Gifford Pinchot National Forest Resource Advisory Committee reviews and recommends projects south of the Lewis River watershed boundary.
Any individual, non-profit organizations or local governments can submit Title II project applications. The funds for approved projects are available for 2013 implementation. Additional information regarding national Title II program information is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/pts/. Applicants may also contact Gifford Pinchot National Forest Partnership Coordinator, Sue Ripp, at 360-891-5005 for more information.