Black Hills Resource Advisory Committee

The Black Hills Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit Forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintain roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.

The Black Hills Resource Advisory Committee is currently seeking applications for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems by restoring and improving land health and water quality on the Black Hills National Forest and other adjacent lands in Custer, Lawrence, and Pennington counties.  The RAC committee will have a collective $292,939 to spend on projects. This is made available to Custer, Lawrence, and Pennington counties through Title II funds from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Title II funds may be used for the purpose of making additional investments and creating additional employment opportunities. Projects that meet any of the following criteria will be considered:

Improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure

Implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems and restore and improve land health and water quality

Project objectives may include, but are not limited to:

  • Road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration
  • Soil productivity improvement
  • Improvements in forest ecosystem health
  • Watershed restoration and maintenance
  • Restoration, maintenance, and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat
  • Control of noxious and exotic weeds
  • Reestablishment of native species

Project proponents are encouraged to coordinate with Forest Service personnel to ensure projects are viable and in alignment with Forest Service policies.

Submit a Project

The form can be completed online at:

RAC Project Proposal forms are also available at:

Completed forms can be emailed to Kelly Warnke, RAC Coordinator, at or sent to: Mystic Ranger District, ATTN Kelly Warnke, 8221 S. Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57702

All proposals must be received by close of business, Monday, November 16th.