Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
The Secure Rural Schools Act authorizes the use of Resource Advisory Committees(RACs) as a mechanism for local community collaboration with federal land managers in recommending Title II projects on federal lands or that will benefit resources on federal lands.
COIC assists the Deschutes-Ochoco Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) with administrative duties. We coordinate all new project solicitations, and facilitate communication with the RAC regarding changes, upcoming meetings and host and facilitate RAC meetings for project recommendation.
Deschutes-Ochoco Title II funds are available for natural resource projects on or adjacent to National Forest lands in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath and Wheeler counties. Funds are authorized under Title II of Public Law (P.L.) 110-343. For a text of the legislation, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/srs/
Funds may be used for projects that improve maintenance of existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems, and/or restore and improve land health and water quality. The legislation seeks to create employment opportunities and improve cooperative relationships between people who use and care for Federal lands and the agencies that manage these lands. Demonstrating how your project will achieve these goals will strengthen your application.
Projects approved for funding will be implemented through authorities that are available to the Forest Service. These include agreements, grants, and/or contracts.
2016 Officers And Membership
RAC members serve a four-year term with a Chairperson shall be elected by the RAC from among its members for a term of 1 year. The Secretary of Agriculture shall appoint a Designated Federal Official (DFO) for each RAC. Each RAC shall consist of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Committee members shall be representative of the interests of the following three categories:
|Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups||Nationally recognized environmental organizations||State elected official or their designee|
|Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities||Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations||County or local elected official|
|Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreation fishing interests||Dispersed recreational activities||American Indian tribes within or adjacent to committee area|
|Federal grazing or other land use permittee or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the RAC is organized||Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations||Represent the affected public at large|
|Commercial timber industry||Archaeological and historical interests||School official or teachers|
For more information contact:
Katrina Van Dis, Program Administrator
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