Flathead National Forest Seeks Secure Rural Schools Project Proposals
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: December 19, 2018

Kalispell, MT.- December 18, 2018- From December 18, through January 31, the Flathead National Forest is accepting project proposals for funding through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.  Proposals will be submitted separately for 2017 and 2018 funding.

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act provides funds for a variety of activities that benefit Federal lands and resources in the benefiting county. The Title II funds are designed to make investments in public lands and create additional employment opportunities through projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality. These projects are also designed to improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for public lands and the agencies that manage these lands.

Individuals and groups interested in submitting project proposals, need to make contact with the District Ranger in which the project would be primarily implemented, or Janette Turk, the Secure Rural Schools Coordinator, to discuss their project proposal and ensure it meets the intent of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Spotted Bear Ranger District- Scott Snelson, ssnelson@usda.gov, (406) 758-5376

Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District- Rob Davies, rdavies@usda.gov, (406) 387-3800

Tally Lake Ranger District-Bill Mulholland, bmulholland@usda.gov, (406) 758-5204

Swan Lake Ranger District-Chris Dowling, cdowling@usda.gov,  (406) 837-7500

Flathead Secure Rural Schools Coordinator – Janette Turk, jturk@usda.gov, (406) 758-5252

The Title II funds are managed by Federal agencies. The Flathead County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), made up of local citizens, will meet, hear proposals, and then recommend which projects will be funded by quorum vote.  Meeting dates are yet to be determined.