Curry County is one of three in Southern Oregon to receive funding for a variety of improvement projects.
A total of $530,940 is available for natural resource projects. Of that amount, $293,164 will be used in Curry County, $182,428 in Josephine County and $55,348 in Coos County. This amount represents two fiscal years (FY2017-2018) of Title II funding made available through reauthorized payments under the SRS Act.
The projects funded include noxious weed detection and control, hazardous vehicle removal, Lower Rogue bear boxes, Rogue River boat ramp cleaning, youth crew employment, ecosystem monitoring specific to restoration activities, firewise community partnership projects, backcountry trail maintenance, Elk River riparian enhancement, an aquatic safety program, and Rogue Estuary and Winchuk River restoration.
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor Merv George, Jr., has reviewed and approved the project funding recommendations made by the Siskiyou, OR Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).
The RAC met on Oct. 2, to finalize recommendations from a meeting held on June 12-13 in Brookings. The Authorizing Official (George) reviewed the project recommendations and authorized all of the recommendations made by the RAC. This approval allows for natural resource projects that benefit Forest Service administered lands in Curry, Josephine and Coos Counties to move forward.
According to a release from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Siskiyou RAC members worked diligently to make recommendations on behalf of numerous organizations who submitted proposals. The RAC is representative of a wide variety of natural resource-based interests, from timber to recreation to environmental interests.
"RAC members are not only committed volunteers, they are also valued community advisors to the Forest Service," said George, Jr.
The projects utilize Title II funding available through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self Determination Act (2000), most recently authorized under Public Law 115-141.