Hood-Willamette 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 Mt Hood and Willamette National Forests and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are working with the public, communities, and partners to identify projects to receive funding under Title II of the act.

Fiscal Year 2016 Projects

Project proposals are being accepted for 2016 funds until close of business April 15, 2016.

Fiscal Year 2016 Meetings

The next Hood Willamette RAC meeting is to be held May 4, 2016 from 10-3 at the Willamette Heritage Center, Dye House, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing to Jennifer Lippert, jlippert@fs.fed.us or Willamette NF, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, Oregon 97477, by April 22, 2016, to be scheduled on the agenda. 


Newletters from the Hood/Willamette RAC.

Project Highlights

Check out our Project Highlights section for a sampling of project results that illustrate the contributions to local communities that these projects are making.

If you have questions, please contact:Jennifer Lippert, Willamette National Forest

The Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee site is a joint effort between the Mt. Hood National Forest the Willamette National Forest, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.