WINSTON COUNTY - The Alabama Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is accepting project proposals for review and consideration to benefit natural resources on the Bankhead and Talladega National Forests in Winston, Lawrence and Clay counties.
Alabama counties, communities, fish, wildlife and watershed interest groups, partners, stakeholders and the USDA Forest Service have until June 5, to submit proposals. Project submission forms are available on the Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama. Applicants can download RAC Project Application (electronic version) or RAC Project Application (hardcopy) – and mail the application to USDA Forest Service, Attn: RAC, 2946 Chestnut Street, Montgomery, AL 36107.
According to Designated Federal Official Tammy Freeman Brown, approximately $133,000 is available for projects through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act. The June 5, deadline will give communities sufficient time to meet and discuss ideas for proposals. Approved projects will benefit forest lands, such as road, trail and infrastructure maintenance, forest restoration, water quality, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat. Projects can be completed through open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations, Forest Service personnel or through partnership agreements.
A Secure Rural Schools RAC provides advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, Public Law 110-343.
For additional information, contact Sheila Holifield, Alabama RAC coordinator, at 334-241-8173 or Tammy Freeman Brown, designated federal officer, at 334-832-8144.
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