About Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee and Title II

OPRACMtg.JPGThe Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, reauthorized in 2008 as part of Public Law 110-343, provides payments to counties as compensation for the loss of tax income associated with federal land within their boundaries.  This law allows counties to either receive payments under the 25 Percent Fund Act of 1908, or to receive their share of the average of the three highest 25 percent payments made between 1986 and 1999. Counties that receive a “high-three” payment of $100,000 or more may reserve a portion of that amount for National Forest Title II projects. 

Title II projects are designed to enhance forest ecosystems, restore land health and water quality, or improve existing facilities.  By law, they must provide a direct or indirect benefit to resources on National Forest lands.  Past projects on Olympic National Forest have included watershed restoration, stream stabilization, invasive plant treatments and road and infrastructure maintenance.

All projects proposed under Title II must be reviewed and recommended by a Resource Advisory Committee, established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.  The Olympic Peninsula RAC is made up of fifteen members representing Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Thurston Counties. 

Committee members represent interests in the following three broad categories:

  • Category A – Organized labor or non-timber forest products, developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use, commercial recreation activities, energy and mineral development, commercial or recreational fishing, commercial timber, grazing or other land use permits.
  • Category B – National, regional, or local environmental organizations, dispersed recreation, archeological and historical interests, wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, watershed associations.
  • Category C – State-elected officials or their designee, county or local elected officials, American Indian tribes, school officials or teachers, and the affected public-at-large.