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Project Proposals Needed

Project Proposals Needed for Forest Improvements

The public is invited to submit applications for projects that benefit national forest lands for fiscal year 2013 on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest by Aug. 24.

“We encourage applications from anyone interested in improving public lands: other agencies, local governments, organizations and individuals,” said Jennifer Eberlien, 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 representing Whatcom and Skagit County, Snohomish County, and King and Pierce Counties review proposals and recommend them for funding to the forest supervisor. At least 50 percent of the funds must be spent on road or watershed restoration.
The following funds are potentially available for project proposals: South (King and Pierce Counties) Resource Advisory Committee, $48,000; Snohomish Resource Advisory Committee, $60,000; North (Whatcom and Skagit Counties) Resource Advisory Committee, $297,000.

Enacted by Congress in 2000, reenacted and modified in 2008 and again in 2012, 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.

The project submission form is available on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie’s website or from the designated federal officials who head the advisory committees. Applications can be emailed to those officials. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Aug. 24.

Whatcom & Skagit Counties
North Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Resource Advisory Committee
Contact Jon Vanderheyden
at 360-854-2601, or mail to
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Snohomish County
Resource Advisory Committee
Contact Peter Forbes
at 360-436-2301or mail to
1405 Emmons Avenue North
Darrington, WA 98241

King & Pierce Counties
South Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Resources Advisory Committee
Contact Jim Franzel
at 425-888-8751 or mail to
902 SE North Bend Way
North Bend, WA 98045

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