Advisory Committees

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What is the Southwest Idaho RAC?

The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) was established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2001. The RAC has distributed over $960,000 annually for projects on or adjoining the Boise and Payette National Forests within a seven-county area.

Who is on the RAC?

The Southwest Idaho RAC, one of 5 RACs within Idaho, has 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. The members represent a diverse cross section of land management and rural community interests. 

What is the RAC’s Purpose?

The committee seeks to provide projects that enhance forest ecosystem health and employment opportunities. The RAC strives to improve cooperative relationships among Forest Service managers and those who use and care about public lands.  
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How does the RAC Operate?

The committee typically meets each month to consider funding projects that meet the legislative intent of economically healthy communities and healthy, sustainable public lands. The meetings are announced in the Federal Register and the Idaho Statesman, and are open to the public.

 How are RAC Funds Used?

Funds may be used for projects on National Forests or adjoining private land to provide benefits to National Forest resources. The committee has funded projects such as culvert replacement to enhance fish passage, a fuel reduction project to protect a community from wildland fire, and several county weed control programs.