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El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee seeking project proposals

PLACERVILLE – The El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee will be accepting proposals in October for projects that benefit National Forest lands in El Dorado County.

Applicants will be required to complete a written application and will have the opportunity to make an oral presentation before the committee.

The committee currently has $500,000 available to recommend projects to the forest supervisors of the Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit for implementation on their respective units.

“It’s important for potential applicants to begin thinking about projects they might propose to the RAC,” said chair Dale van Dam. “The committee is currently finalizing guidelines that will improve an applicant’s chances of competing successfully.”

Funds were made available under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2008 which spells out how the funds can be spent. The act says funds may be used for the purpose of making additional investments in, and creating additional employment opportunities through, projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality.

The act goes on to say that projects should have broad-based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to road, trail and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvement; improvements in ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; and re-establishment of native grasses.

At least 50 percent of the funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning or obliteration, or restoration of streams and watersheds.

The purpose of the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee is to recommend funding of eligible projects to the Forest Supervisors of Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The next scheduled meeting is at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College in the community room.

Information about the RAC and the types of projects that will be considered for funding is at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado.

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