Dillon, Mont., November 18, 2019—The Forest Service announces that Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) for Southwest Montana and Tri County are now accepting new project proposals. The application deadline is January 6, 2020 and the committees have approximately $460,000 and $325,000 in project funding to award, respectively.
Projects must benefit National Forest System lands and ecosystems in one of seven counties: Beaverhead, Jefferson, Madison and Silver Bow counties for the Southwest Montana RAC and Deer Lodge, Granite, and Powell counties for the Tri County RAC. Projects must meet established criteria and improve Forest Service lands in the following areas: roads and trails, infrastructure maintenance, soil and forest ecosystem health, watershed restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat, control of noxious weeds, and re-establishment of native species. At least 50% of all project funds are dedicated to restoring streams and watersheds or road maintenance, decommissioning or removal. Projects may be on private land but must show a direct benefit to National Forest System lands.
Project applications and instructions are available online by visiting the Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees page at the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest website http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/bdnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Projects funded in the past include trail reconstruction, restoration of historical sites, improvement of wildlife habitat, treatment of invasive species, road improvements, riparian restoration, and recreational site improvements.
For more information or details on submitting a project proposal contact RAC Coordinator Jeanne Dawson at (406)683-3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.