The public is invited to submit applications for projects that benefit national forest lands on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest by March 11 for 2011-12 fiscal years. The North and South Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Resource Advisory Committees are seeking proposals for 2012 and the Snohomish County Resource Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for 2011 and 2012. Approximately $630,000-$830,000 is anticipated to be available.
“We encourage applications from anyone who is interested in enhancing public lands: other agencies, local governments, organizations and individuals,” said Rob Iwamoto, forest supervisor.
Project proposals compete for funding provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. By law, projects must be on or benefit national forest lands, such as enhancing forest ecosystems, restoring land health and water quality, or improving the maintenance of existing facilities within the national forest. Proposals vary from culvert replacement to help fish passage to youth-oriented outdoor recreation and conservation education work, mountain weather data collection, road, trail and watershed restoration and increased cooperative law enforcement patrols.
Three Resource Advisory Committees that represent Whatcom and Skagit County, Snohomish County, and King and Pierce Counties review proposals and recommend which should be funded to the forest supervisor. Fifty percent of the funds must be spent on road or watershed restoration.
Enacted by Congress in 2000, then reenacted and modified in 2008, the law provides payments to local counties as compensation for the reduced tax revenue from large federal land acreages within their boundaries. The law guarantees funding for schools and roads while providing monies that can be devoted to natural resource-related improvement projects.
Project submission forms are available on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie’s website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mbs/rac, or from the designated federal officials who head the advisory committees. Applications can be emailed to those officials. Mailed applications must be postmarked by March 11.
Whatcom & Skagit Counties
North Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Resource Advisory Committee
Contact Jon Vanderheyden
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Snohomish County Resource Advisory Committee
Contact Peter Forbes
1405 Emmons Street
Darrington, WA 98241
King & Pierce Counties
South Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Resources Advisory Committee
Contact Jim Franzel
902 SE North Bend Way
North Bend, WA 98045