Outreach for Fresno and Madera County Resource Advisory Committee Members

Contact(s): Julie Roberts


Outreach for Fresno and Madera County Resource Advisory Committee Members

 

For immediate release: CLOVIS, Calif. CA, March 5, 2019, - The Fresno County and Madera County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications from interested citizens who would like to join a committee to provide guidance for Federal dollars to be used in each of the two Counties.

President Clinton signed into law the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. This Act was designed to restore stability to the annual Federal payments received by Counties containing National Forest lands. Title II of the Act distributes funds through the US Forest Service and are to be used for road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvements; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; wildlife and fish habitat improvements; control of noxious and exotic weeds; reintroduction of native species, and hazardous fuels reduction.

Projects can be on public or private lands.

The Act provides several options on how the annual payments can be used for various County projects. One option allows the County to form a Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) and designate a percentage of funds for “Special Projects” on or impacting National Forest lands.

The purpose of the RAC is to provide advice and recommendations concerning projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality to the National Forest lands in Fresno and Madera Counties consistent with the purposes of this Act.

The RAC duties are:

  1. Review projects proposed under this title by participating Counties and other persons;
  2. Propose projects and funding to a person delegated by the Secretary of Agriculture under section 203 of the Act;
  3. Provide early and continuous coordination with appropriate land management agency officials in recommending projects consistent with the purposes of this Act under Title II;
  4. And provide frequent opportunities for citizens, organizations, tribes, land management agencies, other interested parties to participate openly and meaningfully, beginning at the early stages of the project development process under Title II.

The RAC members are vital participants in selecting the projects to be implemented consistent with this Act. The Sierra National Forest and the Fresno County and Madera County Board of Supervisors are committed to the successful implementation of this Act and look forward to a variety of resource projects to benefit National Forest or adjacent lands in the Counties. Copies of the application form can be obtained on the internet (identified below), at the High Sierra Ranger District Office in Prather, at the Bass Lake District Office in North Fork, and at the Forest Service office at the Yosemite Sierra Visitor Bureau in Oakhurst.

Please forward your application and letter to the attention of:

Sierra National Forest Julie Roberts

Partnership Liaison Specialist 1600 Tollhouse Road

Clovis, CA 93611 Applications and letters must be received by March 30, 2019.

The Forest Service web site for resource advisory committees has a large quantity of information. Please visit the Sierra National Forest Advisory Committees web-site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sierra/workingtogether/advisorycommittees. For additional information, please visit the Secure Rural Schools Forest Service web-site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPwhQoY6BdkOyoCAPkATlA!/?ss=119985&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=FSE_003853&navid=091000000000000&pnavid=null&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ttype=main&pname=Secure%20Rural%20Schools-%20Home

If you have questions, please contact Denise Tolmie, District Ranger, Bass Lake Ranger District, at 559-877-2218 ext. 3100, or Julie Roberts, Partnership Coordinator at 559-297-0706 ext. 4878.

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