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Utah State Forester Joel Frandsen announced recently that $135,000 in grants is available for community based programs that use or market small wood products. Congress appropriated the one time funds to address Economic Action and Community Planning programs in rural communities at risk from wildland fire, or communities affected by fires in 2000.

The cost share grants will be used for community based projects and other collaborative efforts that encourage long term solutions for using small wood products generated during work to protect communities from wildland fire.

Requests for proposals are being solicited through local Economic Development offices. Resource Conservation and Development offices, Utah State University Extension offices, local governments and others. Tribal and local governments, communities, businesses and not-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. For-profit businesses may apply directly or through an eligible entity such as a non-profit organization.

For a copy of the Request for Proposal, contact Ron Gropp at 1-801-538-5457, or visit

The public is welcome to attend the Scouting Expo at the Emery High School on March 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be booths, activities and the Pinewood Derby.

Support the local scouting program by attending and participating. The expo will be held in the old gymnasium at Emery High.

Emery/Carbon County Companies of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers will hold their Annual District Convention on March 12 at the Museum of the San Rafael, Castle Dale. Book Sales begin at 8 a.m.; officers meeting at 9 a.m.; and general meeting at 10:15 a.m. Luncheon (cost $5.50) will be served. Guest Speakers will be Lou Jean Wiggins and Carol Buchmiller of DUP International. Emery County Company will host the event. For more information or to make reservations contact your local DUP camp officers.

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