If you have an innovative idea for a natural resource project on local Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands, now is the time to make your pitch.

If you have an innovative idea for a natural resource project on local Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands, now is the time to make your pitch.

Both Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and BLM's Medford District staff are seeking ideas from the public for proposed projects to improve the forest or the BLM district. The projects could include anything that would improve forest ecosystems, from battling noxious weeds to watershed improvement, officials said.

The Title II funding is the result of the recent reauthorization by Congress of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Anticipated amounts of funding for forest projects generally range between $3,000 and $75,000, according to a spokeswoman.

The Title II funds are designed to make investments in public lands while creating employment opportunities in local counties, said BLM district spokesman Jim Whittington. In addition to improving the forestland, the projects are also designed to improve cooperative relationships between the people who use the federal lands and the agencies that manage them, he noted.

Nonprofit organizations, organized groups and local governments as well as individuals are invited to submit proposals.

Applications for BLM district projects must be received by Aug. 10.

Projects submitted to the district will be reviewed by a resource advisory committee which will recommend to the BLM which projects should be funded for federal fiscal year 2013. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

For application forms and instructions on how to fill them out, go to the district website at www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/plans/secure.php. They should be e-mailed to Medford_Mail@blm.gov.

For additional information, call the district main office at 541-618-2200 or the program coordinator at 541- 618-2348.

Application for national forest projects must be received by Aug. 6. Funding for the national forest projects would be available after March 30, 2013.

Two Forest Service citizen's advisory committees will review the projects before recommending which projects to fund. The Rogue-Umpqua Resource Advisory Committee will meet in mid-September in Roseburg. The meeting date and location for the Siskiyou Resource Advisory Committee has not yet been scheduled.

Project proponents are encouraged to present their proposals at one of the meetings. For more information about proposing projects to the Siskiyou committee, call Paul Galloway at 541- 471-6755 or Kim Hunter at 541- 247-3636. Information about the Rogue-Umpqua committee is available by calling Cheryl Caplan at 541- 957-3270.

Projects for the national forest should be submitted on-line at https://fsplaces.fs.fed.us/fsfiles/unit/wo/secure_rural_schools.nsf. Once on the site, select the state and county, which will direct you to either the Rogue-Umpqua or the Siskiyou advisory committees.

Reach reporter Paul Fattig at 541-776-4496 or e-mail him at pfattig@mailtribune.com.