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Committee members needed for forest project funding in central Southeast

Have ideas for improvements on National Forest land in the area? A committee of residents from Kake, Wrangell and Petersburg that makes recommendations on how to spend federal dollars is looking for more members.

The Resource Advisory Committee, or RAC, for the three communities reviews proposals and recommends spending money paid out for trail building and cabin work, signs, festivals and other uses on or around Tongass Forest lands in central Southeast. The money is paid out under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000, which was extended last year, for one more year. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Petersburg district ranger Jay Anderson about the group.

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Anyone interested can stop by the ranger district office to pick up an application.

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