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U.S. Forest Service funding vote for Truckee-area projects this Friday

Sun staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The U.S. Forest Service is looking for public input on projects in the Truckee area to be voted on by the Resource Advisory Committee.

The Nevada/Placer County Resource Advisory Committee meets Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Truckee Ranger Station, 10342 Stockrest Springs Road, and will be voting on projects to receive funding.

The committee will consider nine projects meant to benefit Tahoe National Forest in Placer or Nevada counties by improving the maintenance of existing infrastructure, enhancing forest ecosystems, restoring and improving land health and water quality, road and trail maintenance or obliteration, soil improvements, ecosystem improvements, watershed restoration, control of noxious or exotic weeds, restoration and maintenance of fish and wildlife habitation and the re-establishment of native species, according to a press release.

The committee has more than $480,000 to allocate to proposals, and will meet again in October to vote on a second round of projects, according to the release.

For additional information on this meeting, future meetings or the Nevada/Placer County Resource Advisory Committee, contact Joanne Roubique, Truckee District Ranger, 587-3558; Jennifer Montgomery, RAC Chair, 889-4010; or Ann Westling, Public Affairs Officer, 478-6205.

Since 1908, the Forest Service has returned funding to the counties that are located within the National Forest. Originally 25 percent of the receipts to the National Forest were paid to the counties to support roads and schools.

As the receipts to the National Forests declined in the early 1990s, the counties received less funding. In 2000, legislation modified the process and provided for stabilized and increased funding to the counties. In 2008, P.L.110-343 reauthorized the increased payments to counties for roads, schools, firewise communities, and emergency services on Federal land

It also required the establishment of a Resource Advisory Committee to recommend funding allocations for projects that benefit the National Forest.