Group Solicits Input On Forest Projects

New Mexico – A land use committee is seeking proposals from the public for how best to distribute $1.7 million for projects on federal lands in southern New Mexico.

Officials with the Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council say the funds are limited to Catron, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Sierra and Socorro counties and the projects must benefit the Cibola, Gila or Lincoln National Forests.

Among the possibilities, forest officials say funding could be used on improvements to roads, trails or other forest infrastructure, improvements to soils or forest ecosystems, watershed restoration, weed control or to re-establish native species.

Proposals are due Feb. 25 and reviews will begin in April.

Applicants must contact district rangers before the proposal package can be submitted.

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