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Siskiyou RAC recommends $290,000 for local projects
5/18/2016
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US Forest Service
Yreka, CA - The Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) recommended funding for twelve different natural resource projects at their April meeting. The proposals were submitted by several local organizations, and include a variety of different projects.

The twelve projects include funding for trail maintenance, youth work crews, junk vehicle and garbage cleanup, fish habitat work in the Scott River, oak habitat restoration, meadow rehabilitation, prescribed fire, fuel break construction, and updating the Yreka Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Together the awarded funding totals $290,201. Most projects also include match funding from the organizations that proposed the work.

The RAC is a local advisory group that meets once a month to review and recommend funding for projects within and near the Klamath National Forest. The fifteen-member group represents a cross section of communities, industries, schools, natural resource groups, and local government. RAC members solicit, review and recommend projects that benefit forest ecosystems, existing infrastructure, water quality, or fish and wildlife habitat.

Resource Advisory Committees were created by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Since then Congress has authorized funding for RACs across the country, allowing local community members to direct funding to valuable projects.

After the Siskiyou RAC recommends projects for funding, as they do at most meetings, the Forest Service then gives each project a final review. If approved by the Forest Supervisor, each applicant will then sign a final grant or agreement before work begins.

The USDA Forest Service is seeking new members to serve on the Siskiyou RAC. To be eligible for consideration, prospective committee members must reside within the State of California and preferably within Siskiyou County. Please contact Natalie Stovall, Klamath National Forest Partnership Coordinator, at 530-841-4411 or nstovall@fs.fed.us if you would like to serve on the RAC.

New RAC project proposals are also welcome. To be considered for the next RAC meeting please submit proposals by May 23. Application forms and additional information can be obtained by contacting Natalie Stovall at the Klamath National Forest (530-841-4411 or nstovall@fs.fed.us) or picked up at any Forest Service office in Siskiyou County. Application forms are also available on Siskiyou County RAC website at http://fs.usda.gov/goto/klamath/RAC. There you can also find information on all project proposals submitted to the Siskiyou RAC.

The next RAC meeting will be Monday, June 6, at 5 PM at the Klamath National Forest Headquarters in Yreka (1711 S. Main Street). The public is invited to attend and provide comment.