BLM Seeks Project Proposals for Secure Rural Schools Title II Funding
Medford, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposals for natural resource projects that restore and improve public lands across western Oregon. Between $4 and $5 million is available for community-based natural resource projects. Funding for selected projects will be provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
Individuals, non-profit organizations, organized groups, and local governments are encouraged to submit funding applications through the BLM under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Applications are welcome for Oregon and California Grant (O&C) lands and resources in the 18 western Oregon counties, including: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook Washington, and Yamhill Counties.
Under the Act, Title II funds are designed to make investments in public lands and create additional employment opportunities through projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality. These projects are also designed to improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for public lands and the agencies that manage these lands.
Individuals and groups interested in submitting projects to the BLM are encouraged to discuss the project proposals with the appropriate coordinator for the BLM District where the project would be implemented:
- BLM Coos Bay District – Stephanie Messerle, firstname.lastname@example.org, (541)751-4230;
- BLM Medford District, Roseburg District and Klamath Falls Field Office of the Lakeview District – Christina Beslin, email@example.com, (541) 618-2371; or
- BLM Northwest District - Patricia Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 683-6181.
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act application forms, criteria, and instructions are available through www.grants.gov under the heading Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement #L22AS00104 BLM OR/WA Secure Rural Schools, Title II Grants.
Project applications are due by May 2, 2022.
The Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee will review the applications at their summer 2022 meeting, with a meeting date forthcoming.
Additional information about BLM’s Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee is available at: www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington/western-oregon-rac.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.