14 local projects get federal grants
Fourteen projects in Yavapai County will get more than a half-million dollars in federal grants.
The projects aim to improve everything from roads to riparian habitat to horse corrals.
A new citizens committee called the Yavapai County Resource Advisory Committee recommended awarding approximately $591,000 to 14 of the 40 grant applicants.
"The RAC members have very different backgrounds, interests and commitments to the community," said RAC member Chip Davis, who serves on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.
"And I am proud to say that we have worked hard to come together and selected projects that we think will benefit Yavapai County," he added.
Prescott National Forest Supervisor Betty Mathews accepted the committee's recommendations.
The "Title II" grant money follows rules in the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act of 2000.
U.S. Forest Service guidelines require these grant monies to benefit national forests in Yavapai County. Grant guidelines emphasize benefits to the ecosystem, infrastructure and quality of life, including new jobs.
A second round of 2011 grant applications for the same amount of money will be accepted by June 10. The Forest Service reimburses successful applicants with as much as $75,000 each.
The following projects received grant money:
Community Restitution Program with county adult probation participants - $30,000.
Highland Forest health improvement plan, consisting of a 500-acre timber sale on the Prescott National Forest next to the Highland Pines subdivision - $75,000.
Hike/equestrian access gates to exclude motorized vehicles - $5,250.
Horse camp corrals - $3,596.
Red Rock Loop road improvements - $49,629.
Riparian habitat improvement in the Upper Verde River area - $74,687.
Senator Highway improvements south of Prescott - $24,287.
"Stewards of the Wild" program to train volunteers to improve wilderness areas on the Prescott National Forest - $59,325.
Verde River boater and floater recreation guide - $9,950.
Verde River Greenway habitat improvements - $48,582.
Verde Valley youth working on native habitat restoration - $34,729.
Volunteer work on the Prescott National Forest by Community Forest Trust - $75,000.
Williamson Valley Road improvements - $25,614.
Youth Conservation Corps crew - $75,000.