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 and Bland 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. Read more about Secure Rural Schools legislation and payments


  • The national Secure Rural Schools Act Resource Advisory Committee Charter was signed in October 2021.  
  • Congress reauthorized Secure Rural Schools payments for fiscal years 2021-2023.

  • The Virginia Resource Advisory Committee held a meeting on July 11, 2023 in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest Supervisor's Office in Roanoke, VA to discuss project funding. 


Resource Advisory Committee Information