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Shoshone National Forest group gets project funding

Aug 5, 2012 - From staff reports

The Shoshone National Forest Resource Advisory Committee is seeking applications for additional projects.

The Shoshone National Forest announcement came in conjunction with Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act that received reauthorization for another year on July 6.

The Shoshone Resource Advisory Committee is accepting project proposals for the potential allocations related to the federal act. The amount will be about $120,000.

Project proposals must be submitted to the committee by Aug. 29. All projects will be reviewed and a selection of projects will occur by Sept. 30.

RAC projects must be located on National Forest System lands in Park and Fremont counties or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the national forest.

Shoshone RAC projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations.

RAC project submittal forms and instructions are available at Shoshone National Forest offices in Cody, Lander and Dubois, or on the Shoshone RAC website.

Individuals wishing to submit proposals are encouraged to contact the district ranger for the district where the project is being proposed or a RAC member. Contact information for RAC members may be obtained through district offices.

The Shoshone RAC works closely with the Forest Service as well as Park and Fremont counties to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources along with helping maintain roads, trails, and other infrastructure or control noxious weeds.

Additional information about the Secure Rural Schools Act, Title II funds, and resource advisory committees is available from the Forest Service website at http://www.fs.fed.us/srs.

For more information about the resource advisory committee process, contact the Shoshone National Forest's Olga Troxel at (307) 578-5164 or otroxel@fs.fed.us.

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