Advisory Committees

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest's Resource Advisory Committees (RAC's)

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act authorizes use of RACs as a mechanism for local community collaboration with federal land managers in recommending projects that benefit natural resources.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Seeks Forest Improvement Projects in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties

Proposals are now being accepted by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) for projects that qualify for funding under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act. Over $150,000 will be distributed to support projects in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties that will improve Forest Service lands and the rural economies of local counties within the boundaries of the MBS. Projects should focus on the enhancement of forest ecosystems, restore and improve land health and water quality, and improve the maintenance of existing facilities within the forest. 

These projects are supported through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. This act empowers local communities to collaborate with federal land managers to recommend projects that benefit natural resources. Funding for the projects comes from federal payments to local counties as compensation for the impact of reduced tax revenue from large federal land acreages within their boundaries.

In past years, proposals have come from a variety of proponents, including local ranger districts; volunteer organizations; and state, county, and local governments. Successful past projects have varied widely and have included law enforcement support, trailhead maintenance, invasive weed removal, road maintenance, fire risk reduction, enhancing wildlife habitat, rehabilitation of wetlands, infrastructure support, litter and debris removal, and youth-oriented outdoor recreation project work.

A Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) made up of local citizen will review the project proposals and make funding recommendations to Forest Supervisor Jody Weil. Final approval for funding will be based on a formal grant or agreement application. 

Forest improvement project proposals must be submitted to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest headquarters by October 16th, 2020 if they are to compete for funding provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. 

Since 2002, over nine million dollars has been allocated to projects in Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties through Secure Rural Schools funding.

For additional information and to submit applications, contact Daniel Kipervaser, Shared Stewardship Coordinator, or mail application to 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 3A Everett, WA, 98201.

PROJECT PROPOSALS

Projects selected in the past have varied widely from law enforcement support, trailhead maintenance, invasive weed removal, road maintenance, roadside brushing, fire risk reduction, enhancing wildlife habitat, rehabilitation of wetlands, infrastructure support, litter, and debris removal and youth-oriented outdoor recreation project work. Fifty percent of all project funds are to be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning or restoration of streams and watersheds.

WHAT

Funding is made available through Title II funds under the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 110-343.) The law provides payments to local counties as compensation for the impact of reduced tax revenue from large federal land acreages within their boundaries.

Projects are considered for Title II funding if they make additional investments in, and create employment opportunities through:

  • Improvement of existing infrastructure maintenance;
  • Implementation of stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems; and
  • Restoration and improvement of land health and water quality.

The funds may be used for projects that have broad-based support and with objectives that include:

  • road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration;
  • soil productivity improvement;
  • forest ecosystem health improvements;
  • watershed restoration and maintenance;
  • wildlife and fish habitat restoration, maintenance, and improvement;
  • noxious and exotic weeds control
  • native species re-establishment

Fifty percent of all project funds are to be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning or obliteration, or restoration of streams and watersheds.

Planning and implementing the projects should help improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for Federal land and the agencies that manage the Federal land.

The Resource Advisory Committees will submit prioritized lists of projects to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Supervisor for final approval and funding.

Funds are provided under the act by the Federal Government; however, the Counties elect the amount of funds they want to dedicate to Title II projects each year.

WHO
  • Federal agencies
  • State and local governments
  • Private entities
  • Nonprofit entities
  • Landowners

Applicants should consult with the local District Ranger prior to proposal submission. Projects must be reviewed and recommended by the local Resource Advisory Committee and approved by

the Designated Federal Officer for that committee.

HOW

Complete a Secure Rural Schools Title II Project Proposal Form.

You are encouraged to contact the Forest Service about your proposal so they can help you through any potential hurdles your idea may have.

You are also encouraged to submit your proposal electronically. Any maps, designs, etc. can be submitted hard copy if they can't readily be provided electronically. Electronic filing will facilitate getting your project reviewed and enhance its likelihood of being funded.

WHERE

Send proposals by e-mail or regular mail to:

Snohomish and South Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie

(Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties)

Contact Daniel Kipervaser
425-783-6061 
2930 Wetmore Avenue Ste. 3A
Everett, WA 98201

Additional Sources of Information

The Forest Service Secure Rural Schools website provides a full suite of information related to payments with navigation links.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbs/workingtogether/advisorycommittees