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You can make a difference in how funds are invested on and around the forest

Sand Lake Youth Corps Weed Removal

Each year a diverse group of citizens comes together to determine how hundreds of thousands of federal dollars should be distributed among local communities for natural resource, recreation, and road projects. The Siuslaw National Forest is seeking new members to fill vacancies on the Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee, where committee members can have a direct impact on where and how those dollars are spent.

The Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) comprises a cross-section of national forest stakeholders, including tribal and government agencies, non-profit organizations, industry, recreation and environmental groups, along with members at-large. Together, they recommend to the national forest how to distribute funds authorized under Title II of the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. 

Secure Rural Schools Act

In 2000, Congress signed the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 106-393) to provide support for counties that have historically depended on income from federal timber programs.

The national forest works with the Recourse Advisory Committee (RAC) to select projects available for funding under Title II of the act. These projects may be proposed by individuals, non-profit organizations, local governments, or others and must restore watersheds, decommission or maintain roads, control noxious weeds, or otherwise improve the condition of the Forest. Proposed projects need not be implemented on Forest Service lands, but must show benefit to national forest resources.

Learn how you can make a difference in your community and around the forest by serving on the RAC.

Why serve on a RAC?

RAC members can have a direct impact on where and how hundreds of thousands of federal dollars are spent. These dollars improve local infrastructure, create local jobs, enhance tourism opportunities, and restore ecosystems both in their communities and on and off federal land. The time commitment is minimal, typically with only one to two one-day meetings per year in Corvallis, OR.

How to serve on a RAC?

Anyone may apply to serve on the RAC and individuals representing minority, disability, veteran, urban, or low income communities are encouraged to apply. To apply, simply complete the RAC application (207 KB RTF) and submit to the Siuslaw National Forest RAC Coordinator. Once the forest has several applications, it will submit a complete nomination package to the US Department of Agriculture, which will make selections. The nomination process may take several months.

Who should serve on a RAC?

Any individual who cares about roads, recreation, natural resource restoration, and job creation on or in communities around the Siuslaw National Forest would be a great RAC member. Expertise in these areas is not required. A commitment to attend RAC meetings and be an engaged participant in the project review process is essential. Travel expenses to RAC meetings may be reimbursed. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Lisa Romano, Committee Coordinator, if you are interested in applying to join the Siuslaw RAC.

  • Email: lmromano@fs.fed.us
  • Phone: 541.750.7075
  • Mail: Lisa Romano
    Siuslaw National Forest
    3200 SW Jefferson Way
    Corvallis, Oregon 97331