The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) has funded 11 projects for 2012. The projects were submitted to benefit National Forest System land and ecosystems in the valley.
The projects must meet certain standards and at least 50 percent of the funds are for restoration of streams and watersheds, or road projects. RAC was established 11 years ago by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
The projects are on Bitterroot National Forest land and private land., according to public affairs officer Tod McKay.
The committee includes a wide variety of local citizens who look over the proposals and make the monetary decisions.
This year, 15 projects were submitted. Eleven were selected. Total money allocated is $214,000. RAC is also committed to improving collaborative relationships with other organizations. For instance, some of the funding is going to a wide-ranging study of elk and mountain sheep in the south end of the valley.
The new projects are:

  • Bitterroot River Floating Weed Pull of the Ravalli County Weed District
  • Blodgett and Chaffin Creek Trail work with Montana Conservation Corps
  • Como Trails Club Signage for cross-country ski trail area
  • Little Boulder Creek Culvert Replacement to improve fisheries
  • Monitoring trends in Ungulate (mountain Sheep) populations with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
  • New Invaders Barrier Zone Project - weed management
  • Poker Joe Fishing Access cooperative weed management
  • Selway-Bitterroot Foundation volunteer program
  • Trapper Bunkhouse Project - thin timber fuel loads on 76 acres
  • Trash disposal and education outreach on Bitterroot National Forest land
  • Skalkaho Bank stabilization project