Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

Secure Rural Schools Act

In 2000, Congress signed the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 106-393), also known as Payments to Counties, to provide support for counties that have historically depended on income from federal timber programs.

The national forest works with a resource advisory committee to select projects available for funding under Title II of the act. These projects may be proposed by individuals, non-profit organizations, local governments, or others and must restore watersheds, decommission or maintain roads, control noxious weeds, or otherwise improve the condition of the Forest. Proposed projects need not be implemented on Forest Service lands, but must show benefit to national forest resources.

In 2015, Congress passed a two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools Act. The Siuslaw National Forest is working with the public, communities, and partners to identify projects to receive funding under Title II of the act.

Fiscal Year 2015 Projects

Project submissions are due by 5 p.m. July 2, 2015. They must be submitted electronically.

Project Submission Form & Instructions

Project Review Process and Timeline

  • Eligible project proposals submitted to the forest will be reviewed by the Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee (Siuslaw RAC), a diverse group of stakeholders representing local communities, industry, recreational interests, environmental groups, elected officials, and more.
  • Following their review in September, the committee will supply Jerry Ingersoll (Siuslaw NF Forest Supervisor and Designated Federal Official for the RAC) with a list of projects recommended for funding.
  • Project implementation can begin in late fall/winter 2015/2016.

Please contact Lisa Romano, Committee Coordinator, if you have any questions about this process or about the Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee and its projects.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 541.750.7075
  • Mail: Lisa Romano
    Siuslaw National Forest
    3200 SW Jefferson Way
    Corvallis, Oregon 97331

Project Highlights

These project highlights illustrate how projects recommended by the RAC contributed to both local communities and the Siuslaw National Forest.