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WENATCHEE – Two virtual meetings are planned to discuss potential federal funding for projects in Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

The Resource Advisory Committee for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest met June 1 to discuss proposed projects Chelan and Kittitas counties and will meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 16 to talk about projects in Okanogan and Yakima counties.

Projects would benefit watersheds and forest-related resources on national forest lands. Thirty-eight projects will be reviewed by the committee.

A total of $912,506 is available for natural resource projects in the four-county area - $357,067 in Okanogan, $189,228 in Chelan, $181,810 in Kittitas and $184,401 in Yakima.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has submitted 23 project proposals requesting funding for noxious weed control, road repair and stabilization work, campground and wilderness toilet replacements, guard station roof repairs, trail and trailhead maintenance, campground maintenance, road brush removal, and litter and abandoned vehicle removal.

Other projects include proposals from Chelan County and Okanogan County noxious weed boards and Washington State University for noxious weed control, Northwest Youth Corps and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for trail reconstruction and maintenance, projects dealing with maintenance of winter use trails from Highlands Nordic Ski Club and Mountain Trails Grooming Association, three proposals from Okanogan County Public Works for road maintenance, Sno-Park plowing, and purchase of equipment, and a culvert replacement project from Cascade Fisheries.

Written comments will be accepted.

More information is at http://bit.ly/2oa2Jay.

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