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Superior Resource Advisory Committee Accepting Projects Secure Rural Schools Funding

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Duluth, MN -  January 29, 2011   ----  The Superior Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is accepting Superior National Forestproposals for a second round of projects that qualify for funding under Title II of the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.   To qualify for Title II funding, RAC projects must be located on national forest system lands in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the Superior National Forest.  Approximately $400,000 was awarded last year and an additional $400,000 will be available in 2011 as part of this federal revenue-sharing program for counties containing federal lands.

Individuals, non-profit organizations, and local governments can submit Title II project applications.
Projects may be completed through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations, or by temporary employees.  Proposals should: benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; or maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure; obliterate unneeded roads; or control noxious weeds.  

The role of the Superior RAC is to enhance local community collaboration with federal land managers by jointly proposing, reviewing, and making recommendations regarding proposed projects that will benefit resources on National Forest System lands in Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties.   The RAC was formally appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and will meet as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub.L 110-343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.  

 “The public is encouraged to propose projects designed to improve Superior National Forest lands and the rural economies of local counties.” stated RAC Chairman, Howard Hedstrom.

To be considered for this round of funding, completed project applications must be submitted electronically or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2011.  Additional information, project application forms and instructions are available on-line through the link to the Superior RAC page in the Secure Rural Schools section of the Superior National Forest web site at www.fs.usda.gov/superior or paper copies can be obtained from any Superior National Forest office.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their completed project proposal forms via email to the attention of Lisa Radosevich-Craig at r9_superior_NF@fs.fed.us. Paper copies of proposals will be accepted at Forest Headquarters in Duluth and all District offices of the Superior National Forest.  For more information on the Committee or to learn more about proposing projects please contact RAC Coordinator, Lisa Radosevich-Craig at 218-626-4336, or any Superior National Forest District Ranger.

At least 50 percent of all Title II funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or restoration of streams and watersheds.  The funds are made available as a result of the Cook, Lake, and St. Louis county boards’ decision to allocate funds under Title II of the Act.   Counties receive federal funds based on the percentage of land in federal ownership, timber receipt payments, and per capita income.

 

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