New Mexico allocates US$400,000 to projects that enhance forest ecosystems, improve land health, water quality on Cibola, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests and adjacent lands, invites proposals by Aug. 31

TAOS, New Mexico , July 26, 2012 (press release) – The Northern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee (NNMRAC) is seeking proposals for projects that enhance forest ecosystems, restore and improve land health and water quality on the Cibola, Santa Fe, and Carson National Forests and other adjacent lands within Taos, Sandoval, Mora, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, Torrance, McKinley and Cibola Counties. The NNMRAC has up to $400,000 to allocate to projects made available through congressional re-authorization of Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act for fiscal year 2012.

Proposals and Title II monies will be recommended by the NMMRAC to the Designated Federal Official (DFO), Diana Trujillo, based on each affected county’s Title II monies allocation percentage. The NNMRAC works closely with Forest Service land managers to recommend projects that benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds, and other resources; maintain roads, trails, and other infrastructure or control noxious weeds.

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants must contact the affected National Forest District Ranger to get their input and to obtain the list of required elements for a complete proposal package.

Below is a list of the district contacts:
For Camino Real, contact District Ranger Tammy Malone at 575-587-2255
For Canjilon, contact Acting District Ranger Troy Waskey at 575-684-2489
For El Rito, contact Acting District Ranger Kelly Garcia at 575-581-4554
For Tres Piedras, contact District Ranger Chris Furr at 575-758-8678
For Questa, contact District Ranger Jerry Mastel at 575-586-0520
For Jicarilla, contact District Ranger Anthony Madrid at 505-632-2956

NNMRAC projects must be located on National Forest lands in Taos, Sandoval, Mora, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, Torrance, McKinley and Cibola Counties or on other adjacent lands if the project(s) benefit resources on the National Forest. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and businesses. Individuals, non-profit organizations, and local governments can submit Title II project proposals.

Project submission forms, other application materials and instructions are available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/home/?cid=STELPRDB5277099

All project application materials must be hand-delivered or postmarked by August 31, 2012 to:
Estevan Gallegos, RAC Coordinator
Carson National Forest
208 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571

For more information, please contact either:
Estevan Gallegos, RAC Coordinator
Phone: 575.581.4554; e-mail: eigallegos@fs.fed.us

Reuben Montes, RAC Coordinator
Phone: 505-438-5356; e-mail: rmontes@fs.fed.us

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