Flathead National Forest Accepting 2009 Project Proposals

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead National Forest is accepting funding proposals through next week for projects on federal and non-federal property that benefit National Forest Service lands.

The FNF Flathead County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will allocate approximately $300,000 for a variety of projects to be implemented this year, according to a press release from the agency. Approximately half of the funding will be granted to road, trail and watershed projects. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that provide economic benefit to the community, create partnerships, have public visibility and contribute to overall forest health, visitor enjoyment and the educational value of public lands.

The RAC is comprised of 15 community members, including professionals from outdoor recreation, the commercial timber industry and environmental organizations, as well as school officials and local elected officials. Proposals are due by Feb. 9. Applications are available from the forest’s Web site www.fs.fed.us/r1/flathead/ or by contacting Denise Germann with the Forest Service at 758-5252.

According to the release, previous RAC projects include:

-Forest thinning, tree planting and forest health improvement activities
-Road improvements
-Noxious weed control activities
-Trail improvements
-Recreation restoration and maintenance projects
-Educational and outreach activities
-Enhancement of wildlife and fish habitat

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