National forest project funding approved for North Olympic Peninsula counties

Peninsula Daily News

More than $300,000 has been allocated for projects in 2013 on national forest lands on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Clallam County was approved to receive $135,130 in projects, while Jefferson County was approved to get $169,237, the Olympic National Forest announced this week.

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act funds were recommended by the Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee earlier this month and were approved by Acting Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams and Mike Doherty, resource advisory committee chairman and Clallam County commissioner.

Actual funding may vary from the approved amounts, the national forest service said.

Clallam County projects are:

■   Chain gang — $35,800.

■   Hitch rail and campsite fence replacement — $1,000.

■   Olympic Peninsula Co-op weeds — $22,000.

■   Olympic SKY program, in which low-income, at-risk youth work on trail maintenance in Clallam and Jefferson counties — $22,000.

■   North Fork Calawah culvert replacement and decommissioning — $35,000.

■   Decommissioning of Forest Service Road 2877040 in the Dungeness River area — $9,000.

■   Forest-wide deferred road maintenance — $10,330.

Jefferson County projects are:

■ Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group juvenile salmon trap for the Little Quilcene River — $8,000.

■   Quilcene Ranger Corps — $20,000.

■   Olympic Peninsula Co-op weeds — $45,000.

■   Olympic SKY program, in which low-income, at-risk youth work on trail maintenance in Jefferson and Clallam Counties — $18,000.

■   Forest-wide deferred road maintenance — $30,237.

■   Clearwater tribe, Upper Quinault restoration — $30,000.

■   Lena Lake toilet maintenance — $18,000.

Surplus or a reduction in funding will be applied to forest-wide deferred road maintenance, the forest service said.

Any surplus funds from these projects will be applied to the Olympic Peninsula Co-op weeds and forest-wide deferred road maintenance.

If funds are reduced, then they will come from the Upper Quinault restoration project, the forest service said.

Approval also was made for projects in Grays Harbor and Mason counties.

A complete list of project proposals will soon be available on Olympic National Forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/olympic under Secure Rural Schools, the forest service said.

Last modified: September 18. 2012 5:57PM
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