Forest Service money available for land improvement projects

<span>Once again, for a seventh straight year, the Forest Service is requesting proposals from the public for projects that will improve land in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.</span>

<span>The Forest Service has $195,000 to complete projects which are selected. </span>

<span>Public Affairs Officer Loyal Clark said the Forest Service will accept proposals from individuals and non-profit organizations through <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>May 30</span></span>.</span>

<span>“The Forest Service receives funding through special appropriations under the Secure Rural Schools program,” said Clark. “This money comes from receipts that are generated on National Forest Service lands within counties. And since the Forest Service does not pay taxes to counties, we submit receipts from our revenue that is generated and we work closely with those counties that elect to receive this funding to help with projects that benefit federal land as well as the economies of the counties.”</span>

<span>Clark said the proposals must meet specific criteria.</span>

<span>“Projects must relate to roads and trails, maintenance, anything to improve our watersheds, our forest ecosystem health and restoration and improvement of wildlife and fish habitats.”</span>

<span>She said last year the funding provided for hiring local YCC crews, providing job opportunities for local youth.</span>

<span>“Our Resource Advisory Committee meets <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>June 17</span></span> to consider all projects and the public is invited to attend that meeting. By <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>June 30</span></span> they will make recommendations on projects to move forward with, which will be submitted to our Forest Supervisor. The work must be completed by <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>September 30</span></span>.”</span>

<span>Project proposals may be submitted by individuals, city and county representatives or those from other organizations.</span>

<span>Project proposal forms are available at <span><a href=”http://www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnf” target=”_blank”>www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnf</a>.</span></span>

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