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Seeking Project Ideas for grant funding this spring
Need project Ideas ASAP (1 month till deadline)
March 12, 2021
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kris_olof
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Hey All, as I mentioned on the zoom meeting, I am a RAC member and there is $118k of funds to be spend on projects in El Dorado National Forest this year.  Projects that focus on trail improvements or watershed protections would be getting priorities.  Here are a few ideas I am running by Kyle:

-Tools and the Carsonite (brown plastic trail markers) to refresh trail signage

-Hand tools (log rolling tools and loppers for clubs to use when doing maintenance)

-Info boards for ends of major trails

-More permanent maps to go onto info boards (metal printed type)

-Custom printed trasharoos to give out in exchange for people collecting trash (was thinking something like raffle prizes for a hosted event)

-picnic tables/materials to build some dispersed camp sites along strawberry creek 

 

Please post up your suggested ideas and I will run them by Kyle.

 

Here is the press release from the forest service with a bit of background on the RAC and the funding.  It is for sure an interesting program and I applied to be on the RAC in 2016, they went into a holding pattern, and 2 months ago the funds were made available so they re-formed the group.  The last few meetings have been very bureaucratic with adopting rules, etc. but the next meetings will be voting on projects.

El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee Requests Proposals for Funding Projects to Benefit Federal Lands
 
 
PLACERVILLE, Calif. - El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is now accepting proposals for projects to benefit Federal lands in El Dorado County.
 
The RAC is a 15-member committee representing diverse views and partners and is appointed by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agricultural to provide advice and recommend funding projects consistent with the Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (Act) 2000 (reauthorized in March 2018). Funds may be used for creating 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.
 
Applications are welcome for projects that have broad-based support and objectives that may include, but are not limited to: road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvement; improvements in ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; and reestablishment of native grasses. At least 50% of the funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or restoration of streams and watersheds.
 
Currently, approximately $118,000 is available for eligible projects and another rounding of funding is anticipated to be included in this call for proposals.
 
Applications, instructions, project evaluation criteria, and other information are found on the
El Dorado County RAC website. A letter of support from the local District Ranger or other Federal representative is required with the application.
 
 
 
Completed project application package should be submitted electronically to: [email protected]
 
Application deadline: April 16, 2021 (by 4:30 pm)
March 13, 2021
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Does setting up a kiosk at the north end of Strawberry already included for funding? If not, can this be added? If so, how are the funds initiated to get acquisition of the materials & get started?

I know we move rocks around (& some get moved back), are there funds available to take more serious steps, like making moves that are more permanent using larger equipment?

I would support setting up picnic and or camp sites along Strawberry in locations previously mentioned, but how can this be initiated? Do we need to provide an estimate & submit with a narrative?

March 16, 2021
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how about toilet on the trail

March 17, 2021
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It would be great to have Camping sites on Strawberry side trails, with tables, permanent BBQ's, camp/tent leveled area's.   

If I can't build it, then it's something that should be bought.

March 17, 2021
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Specialsoundman said
It would be great to have Camping sites on Strawberry side trails, with tables, permanent BBQ's, camp/tent leveled area's.   

  

I second this right here

March 18, 2021
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Mike G said

Specialsoundman said

It would be great to have Camping sites on Strawberry side trails, with tables, permanent BBQ's, camp/tent leveled area's.   

  

I second this right here

  

Me 3. I liked all the ideas, but ^ sounds really good.

March 18, 2021
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Gilbert & Betty said
how about toilet on the trail

  

The club already has one of these.

That's what I'm talking about (big purchases), they tend to get "lost" in people's garages.

Toilets, pop-ups, rock trailers, SAT phones, tools... all sound like great ideas, but usually end up collecting dust at one person's house.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

March 18, 2021
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JohnDF said

Gilbert & Betty said

how about toilet on the trail

  

The club already has one of these.

That's what I'm talking about (big purchases), they tend to get "lost" in people's garages.

Toilets, pop-ups, rock trailers, SAT phones, tools... all sound like great ideas, but usually end up collecting dust at one person's house.

  

im talking about a permanent facility at a camp site or along the trail some where

March 19, 2021
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Gilbert & Betty said

JohnDF said

Gilbert & Betty said

how about toilet on the trail

  

The club already has one of these.

That's what I'm talking about (big purchases), they tend to get "lost" in people's garages.

Toilets, pop-ups, rock trailers, SAT phones, tools... all sound like great ideas, but usually end up collecting dust at one person's house.

  

im talking about a permanent facility at a camp site or along the trail some where

  

Flushing? laughing

I used to wheel a lot. . .

March 20, 2021
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I would think it would have to be a pit toilet, like a small version of the one at the beginning of Fordice & Signal Peak. But that would be a major undertaking to build & then to keep clean. A portable toilet would be hard to get up there & even harder to clean, unless they make something similar to pit toilets, but easier to move around. I think it’s a good idea, just have to overcome the logistics... maybe our trailer!

March 20, 2021
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Guy and Lynda said
I would think it would have to be a pit toilet, like a small version of the one at the beginning of Fordice & Signal Peak. But that would be a major undertaking to build & then to keep clean. A portable toilet would be hard to get up there & even harder to clean, unless they make something similar to pit toilets, but easier to move around. I think it’s a good idea, just have to overcome the logistics... maybe our trailer!

  

If it's up on top of the hill could have a pipe that goes over way over to the other side of the mountain in the valley out of sight to fertilize the plants and trees. dont-tell

JUST KIDDING !!  silly

If I can't build it, then it's something that should be bought.

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