Everything from monitoring bats to removing weeds will be funded by the Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) this year.

The projects are meant to benefit the Bitterroot National Forest and adjoining land in the county. Eleven projects of 14 proposals were approved by the local group, with about $232,000 in funding.

The projects:

  • Long term Bat Acoustic Monitoring Program on Bitterroot National Forest
  • Work on the Common Bugloss Weed by Ravalli County Weed District
  • Cameron Creek streambank restoration
  • Cameron Creek revegetation and fencing by Bitterroot Water Forum
  • Monitoring trends and habitat for Elk with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • Monitoring elk populations with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • Riparian restoration of Hog Trough Creek
  • Lost Horse feeder canal by Bitterroot Irrigation District
  • Lost Horse sanitation control by Darby Ranger District
  • Healthy Kids - Healthy Forests program of Bitter Root RC&D
  • Bitterroot canyon trail maintenance with Montana Conservation Corps
  • The RAC was established in 2000 under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. For more information, call Dan Ritter at the Stevensville Ranger District (406) 777-5461.