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ELKO —Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor Jeanne Higgins has approved six projects in Elko County to be funded through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

The Elko Resource Advisory Committee looked at how to spend the roughly $290,000 the county received between 2008 and 2011, and the RAC forwarded recommendations to Higgins.

“I appreciate the Elko County Commission for having the foresight to benefit the national forest by their election of funds to Title II,” Higgins said Friday. “It has enabled the citizens to more actively engage in ways to improve the national forest in Elko County.”

This is the first year that Secure Rural Schools Act projects have been approved in Elko County, according to the Forest Service.

“The RAC was very excited by the quality of the proposals and that we were able to recommend at least a portion of funding for almost every project,” Elko RAC Chairwoman Sheri Eklund-Brown said in the announcement.

Eklund-Brown said the focus was on weed management, but the committee was able to recommend other projects, as well.

“This experience has given our forest personnel a greater appreciation of the continuing interest and commitment of these committee members,” said Susan Elliott, acting Jarbidge and Ruby Mountains district ranger.

The six projects are:

• Humboldt Watershed Coordinated Weed Management Area Noxious Weed Management Program — $68,515 is being provided for prevention and control of noxious weeds for this program.

• Meadow Creek Road Stabilization — $90,000 is being provided to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest for road maintenance and stabilization of the Meadow Creek Road.

• Rephotographic Survey of 1868 King Expedition — $12,500 is being allocated for a project in the Ruby Mountains that will retrace the route of the 1868 King Expedition and retake photographs the expedition took in 1868.

• Treatment and Monitoring of Noxious Weeds on the Mountain City, Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge Ranger Districts — $94,155 will supplement forest allocations for the prevention and control of noxious weeds.

• East Side of Jarbidge Mountains Trail Maintenance — $10,250 is being provided to maintain forest trails on the Jarbidge Ranger District. Work is scheduled to be done in the summer of 2012 on trails in the O’Neill Basin area.

• Mountain City Campground Hosts — $8,940 is being provided to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest for four hosts to assist with campground maintenance and operations during the summer of 2012 on the Mountain City Ranger District. 

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