PWSRAC seeks project applications

Applications for projects to enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality within Chugach National Forest are being sought through Dec. 31 by the Prince William Sound Resource Advisory Committee (PWSRAC). 

The committee has already invested more than $6 million to benefit national forest lands within the area, and has accumulated another $1 million in allocations through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The money must be spent on projects proposed to the U.S. Forest Service by Sept. 30, 2025, spokespersons for the Forest Service said. 

Examples of eligible projects range from maintenance of roads, trails or infrastructure, hazardous fuels reduction, watershed restoration and maintenance, improvement of wildlife and fish habitat and enhancement of national forest recreation sites. 

The PWSRAC will accept proposals from any individual or organization, as well as proposals with multiple funding sources. One requirement is that 50% of the total funds available be utilized for road maintenance, decommissioning or obliteration projects, or for restoration of streams and watersheds. 

The projects must be located within the Chugach National Forest or other nearby lands if the project will directly benefit resources in the national forest. Projects may be completed in a variety of ways, including by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. 

Proposals can be submitted using the Secure Rural Schools Act Title II Project Submission Form online at the Region 10 – Advisory Committees website, or applications can be requested from RAC coordinator Tanya Zastrow at [email protected] or 907-424-4722. 

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All applicable federal laws apply, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and contracting/cooperator policies. Consulting a Forest Service office as proposals develop can help applicants through the process. 

Project proposals should be emailed to Tanya Zastrow at [email protected], and must be received by Dec. 31. Projects will be recommended for funding by the PWSRAC during the winter of 2024, and are anticipated for implementation in 2024-2025. 

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