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Funding Available For Projects On National Forest And Nearby Lands

CLOVIS – The Fresno/Madera County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Sierra National Forest and other nearby lands.

The RAC will recommend projects for funding in for both Fresno County and Madera County, made available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Funds are distributed through the U.S. Forest Service and are to be used for road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvements; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; wildlife and fish habitat improvements; control of noxious and exotic weeds; reintroduction of native species; and hazardous fuels reduction.

Projects can be on public or private lands – either located on National Forest System Lands in Fresno County or Madera County, or on other nearby private lands if the project will benefit the resources on the National Forests. Private land projects have to demonstrate a clear benefit to the public land resource.

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

The deadline for accepting proposals is Apr. 26. Applications are only accepted online. Please submit your application online here.

The Forest Service web site for resource advisory committees has a large amount of information.

For additional information, please visit the Secure Rural Schools Forest Service website.

If you have questions, please contact Denise Tolmie, District Ranger, Bass Lake Ranger District, at 559-877-2218 x 3100; or Julie Roberts, Partnership Coordinator, at 559-297-0706 ext. 4878.

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