Secure Rural Schools Act
Secure rural Schools Act Reauthorized for 2 years on April 16, 2015
The Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS Act) was reauthorized by section 524 of P.L. 114-10 and signed into law by the President on April 16, 2015. Section 524(a)(2) requires that SRS Act payments for FY 2014 be made not later than 45 days after enactment. Updated projected payment reports (ASR 10-1, ASR 10-3, and ASR 18-1) are available on the payments and receipts page. In total, approximately $285 million in Forest Service authorized SRS funding will benefit 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in support of local schools and roads and for other purposes.
Secure Rural Schools (SRS) website based database
Information about each of the Forest Service resource advisory committees (RAC) is maintained on an external Forest Service website. On that site you will find information specific to each RAC including names and contact information for Forest Service RAC coordinators and designated federal officials (DFOs); names of committee members; access to meeting notices and minutes; submitted SRS Title II project details; and the form to submit your proposed projects.
The links below will open specific components of the SRS Title II database website. These links can be bookmarked for ease of future access. When you select the links below you are being redirected to an official Forest Service website but the look and feel is different than the site you are currently viewing. Please also bookmark this page to easily navigate back to this site.
Resource Advisory Committees
The above link will take you to a listing of all the RAC’s. Search or navigate to the RAC you are interested in and open it. You will be presented with all of the information pertinent to that RAC. You can submit new project proposals once you open a particular RAC.
Submit a Project Proposal
The above link will open the Project Proposal form where you can supply the necessary project details and submit them for consideration.
Map Based Access to Resource Advisory Committees
The above link will allow you to use maps to look for and access information about the RAC’s. Navigate to the RAC you are interested in and open it. You will be presented with all the information pertinent to that RAC. You can submit new project proposals once you open a particular RAC.
The SRS Database External Users Guide is available here.
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Since 1908, the Forest Service has shared with states 25 percent of gross receipts from timber sales, grazing, minerals, recreation, and other land use fees on national forests to benefit public schools and public roads in the counties in which the forests are situated.
In the late 1980s, due largely to declines in timber sale receipts, payments began to fluctuate and drop significantly. In 1994, Congress provided "safety net payments" to counties in northern California, western Oregon and western Washington.
In 2000, Congress passed the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act that provided enhanced, stabilized payments to more states through 2006. The act was extended for one year and then reauthorized in 2008 for four more years with a one-year reauthorization in 2012. The program was reauthorized in 2013 to provide benefits for an additional year.