Advisory Committees

A Northern Wisconsin Resource Advisory Committee, established as part of the Secure Rural Schools program, reviews and recommends projects to be implemented on the national forest or to benefit the national forest. The Forest Supervisor makes final decisions about which projects to implement. 

Funds for the projects come from Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Self Determination Act, which established a way for counties with eligible lands to benefit from revenue-generating activities on the national forest, such as timber harvests and recreation. Counties may elect to expend a portion of their federal Title II funds to improve or benefit national forest lands and provide local employment opportunities.  

Local counties that have allocated Title II funds for such purposes include: 

  • Ashland
  • Bayfield 
  • Florence 
  • Forest 
  • Oconto 
  • Price 
  • Sawyer 
  • ​Taylor 

Call for Proposals 

We’re currently seeking project proposals for the Resource Advisory Committee to consider. Accrued over several years, there is currently almost $670,000 available for implementing selected projects. 

If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, consult with your local forest office. District rangers and resource specialists can help ensure proposals meet Title II guidelines.  

For maximum consideration, submit a project submission form by Nov. 12. 

  • Email:
  • ​U.S. mail: Penny McLaughlin, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, 500 Hanson Lake Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501. 


Historically, we worked with two Resource Advisory Committees—one for the Chequamegon, or west, side of the forest and one for the Nicolet, or east, side. 

A sampling of past projects implemented after committee recommendation include: 

  • Wildlife opening maintenance 
  • Stream restoration 
  • Boat landing improvement 
  • ​ATV/UTV trail connector projects