MONTE VISTA –The Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee (RACs) is seeking proposals for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Rio Grande, Gunnison, and San Isabel National Forests and other nearby lands in Saguache, Rio Grande, Conejos, and Hinsdale Counties. Project proposals must be submitted by August 11.
There is approximately $530,000 to spend on projects in Saguache, Conejos, Rio Grande, and Hinsdale Counties. These funds are made available to the counties through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Title II).
The RAC works closely with Forest Service representatives to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintain roads, trails, and other infrastructure; and/or control noxious weeds. Projects must be developed in coordination with the local Forest Service district ranger and county representatives to ensure that the proposals meet Title II standards and are appropriate on national forest lands.
Due to the short time frame to obligate Title II funds, it is recommended that only project proposals that will not require new or additional environmental analysis be submitted. Projects may be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Federal procurement and contracting regulations apply.
The link to the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande RAC project proposal form may be found in the Quick Links box on the Rio Grande National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande.
For more information on the committee or to learn more about proposing projects contact RAC Designated Federal Officer Martha Williamson at 719-657-3321 or RAC Coordinator Mike Blakeman at 719-852-6212.