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Title II funding proposals being accepted

Project proposals are now being accepted for natural resource projects that benefit lands and resources of the San Juan National Forest and the rural economies of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata and Montezuma counties.

Project funding is available through the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, which funds Title II projects on federal lands or that benefit federal lands.

The legislation encourages individuals, nonprofit organizations, local governments and others to propose projects that restore watersheds, decommission or maintain roads, remove noxious weeds, thin tree stands or otherwise improve the condition of the national forest.

Potential applicants are encouraged to coordinate Title II project proposals with their local San Juan National Forest office before submittal.

The purposes of the act include making investments and creating employment opportunities through special projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, or restore and improve land health and water quality.

Project proposals that meet the intent of the legislation will be reviewed by the San Juan National Forest Secure Rural Schools Advisory Committee (RAC) in September. The RAC will provide recommendations to the forest service on which projects should be funded. The RAC is made up of 15 citizen members and three replacement members representing a wide range of interests.

To be considered, project proposals must be received by close of business on Friday, Aug. 20, and may be mailed or hand delivered to Bill Dunkelberger, San Juan Public Lands Center Associate Manager, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301.

The Title II project application form is available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/news/2010/rac-form.pdf.

For more information, contact Dunkelberger at 385-1351.