Proposals sought for Secure Rural Schools Act forest projects

Duluth, MN – As a result of the recent reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act approximately $155,000 of Title II funding could be available for projects on national forest lands in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.

Funding could be available for other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources of  the Superior National Forest.

Proposals should benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources. It can be used to maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure or to obliterate unneeded roads. The funds can also be used to control noxious weeds.  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. 

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 are due on or before August 27 to be considered for funding.  The Superior Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet September 14 to review, select, prioritize and recommend projects.  
 
For more information on the Committee or to learn more about proposing projects please contact Superior RAC Coordinator, Lisa Radosevich-Craig at 218-626-4336, or any Superior National Forest District Ranger. The website is www.fs.usda.gov/superior and link to the Superior RAC page in the Secure Rural Schools section.