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North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Accepting Project Proposals

KAMIAH —The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests invites interested parties to submit project proposals for consideration by the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee and potential funding through the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self–Determination Act (Title II). Project proposal forms are due by July 31. The project proposal form and information about how to submit a proposal is available online at https://bit.ly/NCI-RAC.

The Committee will consider proposals for projects that are on or provide substantial benefits to National Forest System lands in Clearwater, Idaho, and Latah counties. A variety of projects may be considered, including those focused on on–the–ground work related to forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds, and other resources. Proposals to maintain roads, trails and other infrastructure, or to control noxious weeds, may also be good candidates for submission to the Committee. Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if approved by the Committee.

Project proponents will be notified of the time and location of meetings where project proposals will be considered. Proponents are encouraged to attend these meetings and be prepared to answer questions regarding their proposed projects. These meetings are also open to the public.

The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee is also currently accepting applications for new members. Resource Advisory Committee members serve a four–year term and represent a variety of interest groups and/or organizations. To download the application forms, please visit https://bit.ly/NCI-RAC. Completed applications should be submitted to Lisa Canaday, Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee Assistant, at lisa.canaday@usda.gov. Applications are accepted at any time until positions are filled.

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was passed by Congress to restore stability and predictability to the annual payments made to states and counties containing National Forest System lands. The Act established Resource Advisory Committees, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and consisting of fifteen local citizens and three replacement members, “to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the land management agencies consistent with the purposes of the Act.” Members of the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee represent a variety of interests ranging from organized labor, mining, grazing and timber interests, nationally and locally recognized environmental organizations, elected officials, and Tribal representatives. For more information about the Secure Rural Schools Act, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/home.

Questions about North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee project proposals or membership applications can be directed to Lisa Canaday, Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee Assistant, at (208) 983-8917 or lisa.canaday@usda.gov.