Advisory Committees

Secure Rural Schools Virginia Resource Advisory Committee

Photo of a gravel parking lot under construction with mountains, trees, and river in the background.Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) members work collaboratively with the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and partners to improve forest conditions via projects that provide local jobs, restore landscapes, enhance recreation, combat invasive species and engage youth.

The RAC consists of 15 members who represent a variety of interest groups who work together to review and recommend approval of forest improvement projects under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Secure Rural Schools payments are appropriated by the U.S. Congress.

Counties can elect to put some or all of their payments into the Title II fund. Currently Alleghany, Bath, Page and Smyth Counties, Va. have elected to allocate funding for Title II projects. The Virginia Resource Advisory Committee provides recommendations on how Title II funds will be spent in each county that elects to fund projects. The Act defines a wide variety of activities that can be accomplished with Title II funds, most of which focus on restoration or maintenance of infrastructure. Most projects are on federal land, but they don’t have to be. If proposed projects are on private land, they need to benefit Federal lands or resources. For more information about Secure Rural Schools legislation and payments, visit  http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/home

Past Approved Projects

Past meeting notes and approved projects are available on the FACA database.

More Information

Committee Composition

Committee members must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Members of the RAC must be appointed to represent one of the following three interest groups:

  • Category One: Five members who represent energy and mineral development; the commercial timber industry; organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups; developed outdoor recreation; off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation; or federal grazing or other land permits or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners.
  • Category Two: Five members who represent nationally recognized environmental organizations; regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activities; archaeological and historical interests; or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.
  • Category Three: Five members who are elected state officials; are county or local elected officials; represent Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the Council is organized; are school officials or teachers with knowledge in natural resource management or the natural sciences; or represent the affected public-at-large and/or are employed by a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources, land or water.

Member Commitment

RACs are citizen groups that meet about once a year to consider proposals for Title II spending. Projects generally fall into two categories: roads or other infrastructure related projects and restoration projects. 

The Secretary of Agriculture appoints a total of 15 citizens to four-year terms on the RAC.

Membership on a RAC is a volunteer position but mileage for travel can be reimbursed. Meetings are generally held on a weekday morning in Roanoke, Virginia as it is a central location. 

RAC Vacancies

Apply today to become a member of the Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (VA-RAC) and help secure funding for critical Forest Service projects. The Virginia RAC accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Applicants must be able to represent one of the three interest groups listed in “Committee Composition” above. Probability of selection is increased if the candidate fits multiple categories so applicants should not limit their application to one category. 

How to Apply for the Virginia RAC:

Download and fill out an application package (Form AD-755) and submit via email to rebecca.robbins@usda.gov. Contact Rebecca Robbins (rebecca.robbins@usda.gov) if you have any questions. You can also mail or drop off your application to the following address:

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Attn: Rebecca Robbins

5162 ValleyPointe Parkway

Roanoke, VA 24019

 



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