PRESCOTT, AZ (July 19, 2016) - The Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is now accepting proposals for review and possible funding. The funding is available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which has been reauthorized by Congress.
Although the primary location for projects is intended to be in Yavapai County on the Prescott National Forest and portions of the Kaibab, Coconino and Tonto National Forests, projects can also be on non-federal lands within Yavapai County where projects would benefit the National Forest. The Act authorizes grants to federal agencies, State and local governments, private and non-profit entities for projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure such as roads, trails, recreation facilities or projects that improve forest health and restore and improve land health and water quality.
The following types of projects are eligible:
- Road, trail access, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration
- Soil health and productivity improvement
- Improvement in forest ecosystem health and productivity
- Watershed restoration, preservation and maintenance
- Restoration, maintenance, and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat
- Control of noxious and exotic weeds
- Re-establishment of native species
- Encourage sustainable recreation opportunities
- Other (i.e. fire prevention, integrated pest management etc.)
Each project proposal will be evaluated on how cost-effective it is and to what extent partners are involved, how the project improves the quality of human life including any employment opportunities, and how many benefits accrue to ecosystem health. Projects should be less than or equal to $75,000; funding in excess of this amount will not be considered.
Project proposals will be reviewed at the September 2016 RAC meeting (exact date and location to be determined). Projects recommended and approved by the Forest Supervisor will be funded in spring 2017, after completion of any needed agreements or other obligating instruments. Successful applicants must ensure that the required legal paperwork is completed and signed before they begin their project. Approximately $300,000 will be available for Resource Advisory Committee recommendations. Funds for approved projects will be available for implementation through September 30, 2018.
Potential applicants for Title II funding should discuss their proposal and have the support of the affected District Ranger before submitting an application. The Act allows Title II funds to be used for some of the costs of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and/or for on-the-ground project implementation. All project proposals for on-the-ground project work need to be covered by any required NEPA and associated analyses at the time of the proposal.
Completed project applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2016. Project applications can be completed and submitted electronically at the USDA Forest website http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racweb.
Additional information concerning Title II projects is available at the USDA Forest Service website: www.fs.usda.gov/pts/. For more information please contact Debbie Maneely, RAC Coordinator at (928) 443-8130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.