Last year, work on sediment reduction on the East Fork of the Bitterroot, stabilization of Rye Creek Road, weed eradication, a bridge replacement on the Blodgett Canyon trail and more were funded by a yearly Bitterroot National Forest program.

The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is accepting project proposals until April 15. The committee, made up of community members, has about $179,000 to draw from this year.

The projects must benefit National Forest system land and Ravalli County ecosystems, according to Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest. He said in a news release that 50 percent of all project funds need to address restoration of streams and watershed or road maintenance. Though projects can be on private land, the work must show a benefit to the Bitterroot National Forest.

Applications are now available online at the forest website. You can also contact Ryan Domsalla at (406 821-3269 or Joni Lubke at (406) 363-7182.