Advisory Committees Overview

Deschutes-Ochoco Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Title II Projects

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized by section 524 of P.L. 114-10 and signed into law by the President on April 16, 2015. The two-year SRS Act funding extension (Section 524) was included to P.L. 114-10, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 or “doc payment fix” bill. P.L. 114-10 requires that payments for FY 2014 (FY 15 payment-year) be made within 45 days of enactment (May 31, 2015).


Current Information

Next meeting: No meetings will be scheduled until the Charter is approved and committee members appointed.

Project applications for grant funding considerations from the Deschutes-Ochoco Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) are not being accepted at this time.  Grant funds are available for natural resource projects on or adjacent to National Forest lands in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath and Wheeler counties.  Funds are authorized under Title II of Public Law (P.L.) 114-10. For a text of the legislation, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/srs/

Funds may be used for projects that improve maintenance of existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems, and/or restore and improve land health and water quality.  The legislation seeks to create employment opportunities and improve cooperative relationships between people who use and care for Federal lands and the agencies that manage these lands.  Demonstrating how your project will achieve these goals will strengthen your application.

Projects approved for funding will be implemented through authorities that are available to the Forest Service.  These include agreements, grants, and/or contracts.

Application

The application and supporting materials are available here:

If you are unable to download the application, you may try the website below or email tgeiger@coic.orgor call 541-548-9527 RA.

Point of Contact

This position is currently vacant. Contact Kassidy Kern at the Deschutes National Forest for more information at 541-383-5517

Proposal Tips
When developing your proposal, it may be helpful to understand the history and trends of Deschutes-Ochoco RAC funding decisions.  Analysis of successful projects includes the following observations:

  • Demonstrate partnerships;
  • Provide employment opportunities;
  • Clearly demonstrate benefit to Forest Service lands;
  • Demonstrate matching funds or resources (although match is not required by statute).  “Match” can include other funding sources, donated supplies, volunteer labor, etc.  The key is that successful applications have demonstrated tangible collaboration and cooperation; and
  • Propose discrete on-the-ground projects rather than ongoing programs.

A full list of approved RAC projects may be viewed at: 

http://coic2.org/community-development/rac/

Related Links

Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee

Next Meeting

No meetings will be scheduled until the Charter is approved and committee members appointed.

Federal Register Notice

Applying for the Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee

January 23, 2017

Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee is seeking new members to serve on a committee that advises officials on projects and management issues for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland and Prineville Bureau of Land Management.

Application Form:

AD-755 - Advisory Committee Background Info Form

Please submit the form to Beth Peer, Deschutes National Forest Special Projects Manager, at bpeer@fs.fed.us

What is the PAC?

The Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC) was initially established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act as a result of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP).  Of the original 12 such PACs there are now only the Deschutes and Eastern Washington PACs with current charters.  The primary overall purpose of the advisory committees is to help to facilitate communication between federal and non-federal entities to help implement the NWFP.  The Deschutes Province includes all of the area within the Deschutes basin.  The NWFP specifically covers the land area that lies within the range of the northern spotted owl.  The Deschutes PAC is chartered by the Secretary of Agriculture, who reviews and renews the charter every two years.  The PAC can charter working groups of non-PAC members to help accomplish its purposes.

Who is the PAC?

The PAC is composed of members (maximum of 29) that represent a broad spectrum of interests both generally and specifically identified in the Secretary's charter.  The Deschutes National Forest Supervisor is the federal official in charge of the care of the Deschutes PAC.  Deschutes National Forest personnel provide staff support.  Members of the PAC include local, state, federal, tribal, private industry and special interest representatives, and members at large.  Terms are for two years. 

What does the PAC Do?

The Deschutes PAC strives to provide consensus advice to federal land management officials from a broad base of interests on topics of strategic importance in the Deschutes Basin.  Annually, the PAC chooses topics and activities upon which to focus their attention that serves as the basis for the structure and agenda of the business meetings and field trips.  The PAC meets about four times per year. Occasionally, one or two of those meetings may be for two consecutive days that include field trips with long travel times or overnight stays.  The PAC frequently assigns subcommittees of the PAC or charters special working groups including non-PAC members to develop consensus or act as sounding boards representing a variety of interests for specific projects within the Deschutes Basin.  PAC Subcommittees or individual PAC members provide the liaison between the full PAC and any chartered Working Groups. Participation on these subcommittees is not required, but is desirable and will include additional time commitments based on the member’s availability.

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