Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

Secure Rural Schools Act Resource Advisory Committees (RAC)

The Secure Rural Schools Act (Act) was reauthorized by section 524 of P.L. 114-10 and signed into law by the President on April 16, 2015.  Secure Rural Schools RACs are formed and operated in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act and USDA committee management regulations.

Secure Rural Schools Act Title II-Special Projects on Federal Land

Title II funds may be used for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and other resource objectives consistent with the Act on Federal land and on non-Federal land where projects would benefit the resources on Federal land. For purposes of this Act, Federal land means land within the National Forest System.

The purposes of the Act include making additional investments in, and creating employment opportunities through Title II funded projects that:

  • improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure;
  • implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems; and
  • restore and improve land health and water quality

The funds may be used for projects that enjoy broad-based support and have objectives that may include:

  • road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration;
  • soil productivity improvement;
  • improvements in forest ecosystem health;
  • watershed restoration and maintenance;
  • the restoration, maintenance, and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat;
  • the control of noxious and exotic weeds; and
  • the re-establishment of native species

Planning and implementing the projects should help improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for Federal land and the agencies that manage the Federal land.

Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee

RAC funded projects must be located in Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Catron, Socorro, or Sierra counties on National Forest System Lands or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals, organizations and corporations.  

Generally, the committee’s role is to solicit, review and recommend projects and funding to the Forest Supervisor. The Forest Supervisor is responsible for considering the committee’s recommendations in the context of the forest land management plan and the laws and regulations that govern Forest Service activities and to approve the project if appropriate.

The RAC helps “to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the land management agencies consistent with the purposes of the Act." Members of the Southern New Mexico RAC represent a variety of interests ranging from educators, mining, grazing and timber interests, nationally and locally recognized environmental organizations, elected officials and tribal representatives.

 

Project Proposal Forms

 

Items Required for Proposal Package

Project Submission Form

Project Budget Spreadsheet and Narrative Form

Project Work Plan and Time Line Form

Request for Proposals News Release