DEL NORTE – The Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is accepting project proposals for work that enhances forest ecosystems or restores and improves land health and water quality. Potential project areas include the Rio Grande, San Juan, San Isabel, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and other nearby lands in Conejos, Hinsdale, Rio Grande, or Saguache counties. Funds are available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The purpose of the Act includes making investments and creating employment opportunities through special projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives, or restore and improve public land health and water quality.
The RAC works closely with U.S. Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources. Projects must be developed in coordination with a Forest Service District Ranger and a county representative. Proposed projects must benefit the resources on the National Forests and comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Federal procurement and contracting regulations apply.
RAC project proposal forms and instructions are available at www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande; under “quick links”, click on Saguache-Upper Rio Grande RAC. Project proposals must be submitted using the online form. Any additional supporting documentation for proposals (e.g. letters of support) may be submitted to [email protected] with the Project Title in the subject line. The submission deadline has been extended until Aug. 16.
The RAC will review projects for possible funding at their next meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Rio Grande County Annex Building, 965 6th Street, Del Norte. The public is welcome to attend RAC meetings.
For more information contact Martha Williamson, RAC designated federal official, at 719-657-6007; or Ariel Chomey,