Bozeman, MT – The Gallatin and Southern Montana Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) are accepting project submissions from November 22, 2019 – February 7, 2020 for the Gallatin RAC, and from November 22, 2019 – February 28, 2020 for the Southern Montana RAC. The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) reauthorization allows both Gallatin and Southern Montana RAC’s to convene and recommend projects to the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The RAC’s receive Title II federal funding based on a percentage that individual counties elect. Participating counties include: Gallatin County for the Gallatin RAC, along with Park, Sweet Grass, Stillwater and Powder River counties making up the Southern Montana RAC.
“RAC project proposals represent the interests and needs of specific communities and we get to hear from many organizations about important projects benefiting National Forests System lands,” said Mary Erickson, Custer Gallatin Forest Supervisor. “It is a great avenue for citizens, partners and organizations to bring project ideas forward. Many of these projects benefit overall ecosystem health and recreationists often see work done in areas they care about.”
Acceptable project proposals aim to enhance forest ecosystems and restore and improve land health or water quality on the Custer Gallatin National Forest and/or adjacent lands. Past projects have included Hyalite snowplowing, avalanche education, OHV and trail enhancements, aquatic invasive species prevention, weed eradication and road improvements leading to or on National Forest System lands, along with watershed projects.
RAC projects must be located on or be adjacent to and directly benefiting National Forest System (NFS) lands within the respective participating counties on the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Projects can be completed through partnership agreements, by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations, or by Forest Service personnel. Organizations, government entities, or individuals may submit proposals and are strongly encouraged to work with each local ranger district on project submissions and feasibility, prior to submitting the final proposal.
Project Submission Forms are available online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin and clicking on the upper right-hand Resource Advisory Committee quicklink. For more information or details on submitting a project proposal contact RAC Coordinator Karen Tuscano at (406) 932-5155 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.