Grant applications are being accepted now by the Eastern Arizona Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) for projects that can be funded under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act of 2000, as re-authorized in 2008. Grantees could receive funding on a reimbursement basis starting as early as the spring of 2010.
Although the primary location for projects is intended to be on federal lands on the Tonto National Forest (i.e. Globe, Pleasant Valley, Tonto Basin or Payson districts), the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (all districts), and the Coronado National Forest (Safford Ranger District), projects can be on non-federal lands within Greenlee, Gila, Navajo, Graham and Apache counties where projects would benefit resources on or people using the National Forest.
The Act authorizes grants to federal agencies, state and local governments, private and nonprofit entities for projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure such as roads, trails, recreation facilities or projects that improve forest health and restore and improve land health and water quality.
The following types of projects are eligible:
• Road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration
• Soil productivity improvement
• Improvements in forest ecosystem health
• Watershed and stream restoration and maintenance
• Restoration, maintenance, and improvement of wildlife habitat
• Control of noxious weeds
• Re-establishment of native species.
Each project proposal will be evaluated on how cost-effective it is and to what extent partners are involved, its educational value, how the project improves the quality of human life including any employment opportunities, and how many benefits accrue to ecosystem health.
Projects will generally be less than $75,000, although particularly meritorious proposals may be considered at higher funding levels.
Electronic grant applications are available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the following Web site: wwwnotes.fs.fed.us/