Contact(s): Amy Baumer

The Secure Rural Schools Act authorizes the use of Resource Advisory Committee (RACs) as a mechanism for local community collaboration with federal land managers in recommending Title II projects on federal lands or that will benefit resources on federal lands.  The Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee needs you so that projects can be recommended!!

The Central Idaho RAC (CIRAC) represents Lemhi, Custer, and Butte counties and includes the Salmon-Challis, Caribou-Targhee, and Sawtooth National Forests.  To the extent practical, the membership should reside in the vicinity of the National Forest for which the committee provides advice.

All Central Idaho RAC member’s terms have expired; therefore the CIRAC is seeking to fill these vacant positions.  “The committee’s role is to review and recommend projects and funding to the Forest Service.   In my role as the Designated Federal Official, I am 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,” said Chuck Mark, Designated Federal Official (DFO).

Each RAC consists of 15 members and three (3) replacement members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.  USDA requires two applicants per position, as such the CIRAC needs a minimum of 36 applications to submit a nomination package to the Secretary of Agriculture.  The Central Idaho RAC is soliciting for nominees for Categories A, B, and C and replacements, which may include 5 persons that represent:

Category A:

  • Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
  • Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;
  • Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests
  • Commercial timber industry
  • Federal grazing or other land use permit holders or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the RAC is organized

Category B:

  • Nationally recognized environmental organizations
  • Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
  • Dispersed recreational activities
  • Archaeological and historical interests
  • Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations

Category C:

  • Hold state elected office or their designee
  • Hold county or local elected office
  • Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized
  • Are school officials or teachers
  • Represent the affected public at large.

Each nominee is required to submit a form AD-755 to the appropriate local Forest Service official such as the RAC Designated Federal Official (DFO), Forest Supervisor, District Ranger, or RAC coordinator.

The DFO will submit recommendations for appointments based on qualifications to represent the specific interest outlined in the Act, geographic representation across the area potentially affected by RAC advice, gender, ethnic diversity, persons with a disability, community support, consensus-building ability, dedication to serving the community's interests, and active participation in current natural resource issues.

The Secretary Office performs a background check on nominees, based on information provided on the AD-755.   After nominees are cleared through the background check, the Secretary reviews the nominations and makes a selection of members.   Newly appointed members receive a letter from the Secretary and a certificate of appointment.   The process of nominating, reviewing, and selecting members may take several months.

For additional information on the process visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs.    The AD-755 form can be found at http://bit.ly/2sytqtk.  For a more detailed description of the member appointment process, please contact Amy Baumer, RAC Coordinator, Central Idaho RAC at 208-756-5145 or email at: abaumer@fs.fed.us.


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