Plumas County RAC seeks project applications for funding

A new project application period for Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) projects has been set for Sept. 1, 2022 until Sept. 30, with approximately $850,000 available for projects.

Projects are available for funding consideration by the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee and the Plumas National Forest Supervisor, per the provisions of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Several proposals were submitted during an application period that ended in February 2022. Since then, additional RAC funds were authorized by the U.S. Congress under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.

Approximately $850,000 is available for recommendation by the RAC, with projects starting in 2023. Applications that were received by Plumas National Forest in February 2022 will be considered for this funding. Those applicants are allowed to revise or expand their proposals from February and submit a revised application. Additional project applications for projects that were not proposed in February are encouraged.

Projects must have broad-based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to: road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvements; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; wildlife and fish habitat improvements; control of noxious and exotic weeds; reintroduction of native species, and hazardous fuels reduction.

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The project application & critical, related instructions may be found at:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/plumas/workingtogether/advisorycommittees

Links to other information about the Secure Rural Schools legislation and county RACs can be found in the same location. Project applications must be complete to be considered.

Application package must be received, either hard copy and thumb drive, or email, no later than 4:00 pm September 30, 2022. Applications can be mailed or hand delivered to Plumas National Forest, Mount Hough Ranger District, attn: Joe Hoffman, 39696 CA Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971; or emailed to [email protected]

The RAC will review applications in early fall of 2022 and provide their recommendations to the Plumas National Forest Supervisor for funding decisions. All RAC project proposals must be closely coordinated early in the process with appropriate Ranger District representatives and other key partners during the application process. Projects that don’t include a coordination letter with support from the applicable District Ranger will not be considered.

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Questions about projects or the RAC process may be directed to Joe Hoffman, Mt. Hough District Ranger at (530) 283-0555 or [email protected]

For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas, follow the forest on Twitter @USFSPlumas or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas.