U.S. Forest Service seeking water-quality project proposals

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The U.S. Forest Service is seeking applications for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Roosevelt National Forest and other near-by lands in Chaffee, Huerfano, Larimer and Park counties.

At this time, the Pike and San Isabel Resource Advisory Committee (PSI-RAC) is accepting project proposals. The deadline for submittal is August 9. Send proposals to both PSI-RAC Coordinator Barb Timock at btimock@fs.fed.us and PSI-RAC Chairman Al Tucker at altucker63@gmail.com.

The PSI-RAC works closely with the U.S. Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintain roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds. Proposals will be accepted by both the U.S. Forest Service and cities and counties located in the designated counties.

PSI-RAC projects must be located on National Forest System lands in Chaffee, Huerfano, Larimer and Park counties or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by U.S. Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations.

PSI-RAC Project review forms are available online under “Quick Links” at: http://fs.usda.gov/psicc. Click on Secure Rural Schools (SRS) to access the form.

For more information on the Committee or to learn more about proposing projects please contact
Kevin Atchley, Canyon Lakes District, 970-295-6711, katchley@fs.fed.us .

The Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act programs provide funding for the PSI-RAC. For more information on the SRS Act, go to Secure Rural Schools at: www.fs.fed.us/srs/