Northeast Oregon Forests is Requesting Funding Submissions Under Title II

Northeast Oregon Forests: The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests in northeast Oregon are seeking project proposals from the public.

The committee’s job is to make suggestions for how the surrounding areas of the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests might better maintain and improve their forest health, watersheds, roads, and facilities. There will be about $850,000 in Title II funding available for various endeavors.

Northeast Oregon Forests is Requesting Funding Submissions Under Title II

The Project Proposal Form may be found on each individual Forest’s website and must be filled out online (available at the end of this news release). The name of the Resource Advisory Committee should be “Northeast Oregon Forests.” All necessary maps and attachments have not been received. The submission date for project ideas is April 1, 2023.

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The Reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, also known as the “Payments to States” Act, created the Northeast Oregon Forests RAC, which is made up of citizens representing various natural resource-based interests and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to advise the Forest Service on the use of funds allocated to the RAC.

Proposed land management projects in Baker, Grant, Harney, Morrow, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties will be reviewed by the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). In accordance with the Act, the RAC advises the Forest Service on which projects to sponsor.

Project proposals can be submitted by any type of organization, including non-profits, youth groups, state and local governments, universities, and businesses. Proposals from organizations specializing in natural resources are also welcome. Title II financing is available to projects that: increase investment in, and create new jobs;

Restoration and improvement of land health and water quality; Maintenance of existing infrastructure; Achievement of stewardship goals that benefit forest ecosystems.

Northeast Oregon Forests is Requesting Funding Submissions Under Title II
Northeast Oregon Forests is Requesting Funding Submissions Under Title II

All federal rules and regulations in effect at the time a project begins must be followed.

All construction must follow the guidelines outlined in the relevant resource management plan, as well as any watershed or later plans that were created to implement the resource management plan.
These funds can be put toward a variety of worthy causes, including but not limited to the following:

Upkeep of transportation networks (roads, trails, and other infrastructure) or their complete elimination; Soil Productivity Enhancement; Forest Ecosystem Health Maintenance and Improvement; Watershed Restoration and Maintenance; Wildlife and Fish Habitat Restoration and Maintenance and Improvement; Noxious and Exotic Weed Control and Native Species Re-establishment
Funds for projects that primarily focus on road maintenance, decommissioning, demolition; or stream and watershed restoration must account for at least 50% of the total project budget.

Before submitting an application, individuals and organizations interested in submitting projects are invited to discuss their concepts with a Forest Service agent.

In a public meeting accessible through Zoom, the Northeast Oregon Forests RAC will discuss the projects in question. Project ideas that are in line with the spirit of the Payments to States Act will be reviewed and recommended at the meeting.

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Protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and animal habitats, enhancing ecosystems in national forests, restoring and improving soil health and water quality, and improving the upkeep of existing Forest Service infrastructure are all goals of the proposed projects.

Doug McKay can be reached at 541-303-3977 or by email at Douglas.McKay@usda.gov if you have any questions about the Northeast Oregon Forests RAC, need help submitting a project proposal, or want to know the status of the RAC’s upcoming meeting.

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