Flathead National Forest seeks Secure Rural Schools project proposals

    The Flathead National Forest seeks project proporals. (Photo: NBC Montana)

    The Flathead National Forest is still looking for project ideas for grant funds they have to give.

    The funding comes from Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

    They're screening for projects that benefit federal lands and the surrounding county. These projects need to improve or restore the existing infrastructure.

    The forest service works with a lot of nonprofits on the projects.

    Half of the funds have to go to watershed and road projects, but the other half is open to a lot of different ideas.

    Some previous projects have been trail work, watershed improvement and dust abatement.

    Flathead National Forest public affairs officer Janette Turk said the funding years are always one or two behind, so they are currently looking for projects for 2017 and 2018. She said with the years combined there is a lot of funds to go around.

    "There’s about $450,000 for Flathead County resource advisory committee to consider granting funding so a lot of these funds in the past have gone to trail improvement," said Turk.

    The deadline for proposals is March 30. Turk said the committee will likely review proposals in June because they are currently short some members.

    Click here for more information on the project proposals.

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