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 ForestWork on the Common Bugloss Weed by Ravalli County Weed DistrictCameron Creek streambank restorationCameron Creek revegetation and fencing by Bitterroot Water ForumMonitoring trends and habitat for Elk with Montana Fish, Wildlife and ParksMonitoring elk populations with Montana Fish, Wildlife and ParksRiparian restoration of Hog Trough CreekLost Horse feeder canal by Bitterroot Irrigation DistrictLost Horse sanitation control by Darby Ranger DistrictHealthy Kids - Healthy Forests program of Bitter Root RC&DBitterroot 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.