Advisory Committees

Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Information

There are two resource advisory committees (RACs) serving in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The Southwest Montana RAC covers Madison, Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Silverbow counties and includes lands on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Helena, and Gallatin National Forests. The Tri County RAC covers Powell, Granite, and Deer Lodge counties and includes lands on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Lolo, Helena, and Flathead National Forests. 

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Background Information

What is the purpose of a Resource Advisory Committee?

Resource Advisory Committees were established under the Reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The RAC’s recommend how to allocate a portion of federal funds counties receive under the Act. The Act directs that funds be spent on projects such as road, trail and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration, improvements in soil and forest ecosystem health, restoration and improvements of wildlife and fish habitat, control of weeds, and reestablishment of native animals and plants. Projects must benefit resources on National Forest lands and meet federal environmental laws. In the past five years, the RACs have approved more than $3.5 million in funding for projects that benefit National Forest system lands.

If you are interested in serving on the Southwest Montana or Tri County RAC, please complete and submit an application and cover sheet to:

Megan Mullowney
Attn: Southwest Montana or Tri County RAC
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
420 Barrett Street
Dillon, MT 59725

Additional information about the RAC and Secure Rural Schools can be found at