Land & Resources Management

Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000

Reauthorization for Fiscal Years 2008--2011

On October 3, 2008, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized by Congress as part of Public Law 110-343. The law provides federal funding to Counties through 2011 in the following areas:

Title I:

  • Distributed directly to the County and are used to support schools and roads.

Title II:

  • Distributed 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. Private land projects have to have a clear benefit to the public land resource. Under the Law each County is required to have a Resource Advisory Committee chartered by the Secretary of Agriculture to recommend to the Forest Supervisor how Title II funds will be distributed.

Title III:

  • Distributed directly to counties and are available for implementing firewise activities, reimbursement for counties who conduct search and rescue operations on federal lands and for the development of community wildfire protection plans.

For more information on the County Resource Advisory Committees on the Sierra National Forest, follow the links below:

National Appeals Page

  • This site contains information about the Forest Service's Environmental Appeals. An appeal is a request to an agency higher authority for review of an environmental decision. The public's rights and responsibilities for filing an appeal are defined in specific appeal regulations. Usually, all administrative processes must be exhausted before a person can bring a court action (litigation) associated with an environmental decision.

 
Appeal Responses for the Sierra National Forest  

  • An Environmental Appeal is a formal request to an agency higher authority for review of an environmental planning (NEPA) decision. The public's rights to file an appeal are defined in specific appeal regulations. Usually, all administrative processes must be exhausted before a person can bring a court action (litigation) against with a NEPA decision. This usually includes the filing of a formal appeal.


Objection Responses for the Sierra National Forest

  • Recent and historical objection responses are available on this site and are organized by the Administrative Unit issuing the response. Opportunities for submitting objections to land management plan proposals are offered pursuant to 36 CFR 219 (219 rule) and for HFRA fuel reduction projects pursuant to 36 CFR 218 (218 rule)

 
Objection Responses  for the Sierra National Forest prior to 2008

  • The Pacific Southwest Region of the USDA Forest Service's Appeals Archive contains documents identified for inclusion by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2)). In the Appeals Archive, you will find administrative appeal decisions and appeal regulations.