(Cody, Wyo.) – The Shoshone Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications for projects to be funded under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS). Congress passed a one-year reauthorization of SRS on October 2, 2013, and fiscal year 2013 funding will arrive early in 2014. Project proposals must be submitted by March 17, 2014.

Under Title II, an eligible county has the option to allocate part of its share of the State SRS payment for projects that support local economies and enhance the health of ecosystems or maintain existing infrastructure on national forest lands. Park and Fremont counties are eligible counties for the Shoshone National Forest.

Projects may be located on National Forest System lands in Park and Fremont counties or on lands adjacent to the Shoshone in Park or Fremont counties if the project will benefit resources on the national forest. Projects may enhance or protect forest health, fisheries, wildlife, soils, and watersheds, or help maintain infrastructure such as roads, trails, and campgrounds. Projects may be implemented by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations.

All projects will be reviewed by the Shoshone RAC and a selection of projects will be recommended to Forest Supervisor Joe Alexander. He will give final approval by September 30, 2014.

RAC project submittal forms and instructions are available at Shoshone National Forest offices in Cody, Lander, and Dubois, Wyo., or on the Shoshone RAC website at https://fsplaces.fs.fed.us/fsfiles/unit/wo/secure_rural_schools.nsf/RAC/3236171C6DDAB810882575C200513E78?OpenDocument. Individuals wishing to submit proposals are encouraged to contact the district ranger for the district where the project is being proposed.

Additional information about the Secure Rural Schools Act, Title II funds, and resource advisory committees is available from the Forest Service website at http://www.fs.fed.us/srs. For more information about the resource advisory committee process or the project application process, contact Olga Troxel at 307.578.5164 orotroxel@fs.fed.us.