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Communities select improvement projects

Communities select forest improvement projects

This summer workers will repair roads and trails, restore salmon habitat and remove noxious weeds on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. And these are just a few of the 17 improvement projects the Resource Advisory Committees chose to fund this year through Title II of the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 110-343).

“The purpose of RAC funding is to improve the health of watersheds and ecosystems, protect communities and support local economies,” said Mike Schlafmann, public services staff officer for the forest. RAC’s receive funding through the Secure Rural Schools Act, which provides payments to counties as compensation for the impact of reduced tax revenue from large federal land acreages within their boundaries. Fifty percent of the funds must be spent on road or watershed restoration. Three Resource Advisory Committees representing Whatcom and Skagit County, Snohomish County, and King and Pierce Counties reviewed project proposals and recommended funding to the forest supervisor. Following are the projects they approved for 2011-12 fiscal year.

Skagit, Whatcom Counties RAC
Anderson Road 1107 drainage & road-width drainage correction $131,693
Offender forestry work crew $70,000
Forest Service Road 36 & 3610 culvert and road repair $51,073
Forest Service Road 39 infrastructure and maintenance survey $7,899
Forest resource protection equipment $16,604
Lower Finney Creek restoration monitoring $11,210
Washington Trail Association district crew leader $16,065
Mt. Baker trail maintenance $8,195
TOTAL $312,719

Snohomish County RAC
Forest resource protection equipment $17,893
Public lands cleanup $ 8,000
Skykomish Ranger District backcountry $14.619
Barclay Lake Trailhead sanitation $21,500
TOTAL $62,012

King, Pierce RAC
Enhanced communication interoperability $17,136
Washington USFS public lands and waterways cleanup $10,000
Upper Snoqualmie noxious weed control $10,000
Lonesome Lake picnic shelter $4,284
Ira Spring culvert removal $8,756
TOTAL $50,176

Resource Advisory Committees and contacts:
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 Avenue North
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

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