Advisory Committees

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North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for June 16–17

The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on June 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PDT). In order to promote social distancing, this meeting will be conducted virtually via webinar. A full two–day agenda for the upcoming meeting includes electing a new Committee chairperson and presentations from project proponents, followed by voting to recommend projects for funding.

This meeting is open to the public, who may join the meeting webinar with either their computer or telephone. For details and instructions for joining the virtual meeting, please email jennifer.becar@usda.gov.

There were 41 project proposals submitted by the May 26 due date for this round of submissions. The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee has an estimated total of $2 million Title II funds to allocate towards projects.

Projects funded by the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee must be located on National Forest System or other nearby lands in Idaho, Clearwater, or Latah counties and must benefit resources on the National Forest. Projects can be completed by USDA Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or through open–bid contracts with individuals and corporations. The Resource Advisory Committee works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds, and other resources; maintain roads, trails, and other infrastructure; and/or control noxious weeds.

Resource Advisory Committees are authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and operate in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of Resource Advisory Committees is to improve collaborative relationships and provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

For more information, please contact Lisa Canaday, Resource Advisory Committee Assistant with the USDA Forest Service, at (208) 983-8917 or lisa.canaday@usda.gov.

 

Background

Congress passed legislation in 2000 to restore stability and predictability to the annual payments made to states and counties containing National Forest lands. The  "Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000" (Public Law 106-393) (149k pdf) establishes Resource Advisory Committees (RACs), appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and consisting of fifteen local citizens. The five Idaho Advisory Committees include the Idaho Panhandle RAC, the North Central RAC, the SW Idaho RAC, the Eastern Idaho RAC and the Central Idaho RAC.  For more information about Secure Rural Schools, go to:   http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/home.

Funding for projects on National Forest will come primarily from a portion of the increased payments counties receive under Public Law 106-393. Counties receiving more than $100,000 are required to set aside between 15 to 20 percent of funds for projects on National Forest (Title II) or for county natural resource programs (Title III) specifically authorized by the Act. Counties have the discretion to adjust their allocation between Title II and Title III each year. The remaining 80-85 percent of payments are used for traditional programs as provided under Idaho law (70% toward county roads and 30% for schools).

RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Clearwater, Idaho and Latah counties or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations.  The RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintains roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds. Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will  enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if approved by the RAC.

The purpose of the RAC is "to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the land management agencies consistent with the purposes of the Act." Members of the North Central Idaho RAC represent a variety of interests ranging from organized labor, mining, grazing and timber interests, nationally and locally recognized environmental organizations, elected officials and tribal representatives. The Resource Advisory Committee will:

  • Review projects proposed under Title II.
  • Propose projects and funding for projects benefiting National Forest lands.
  • Provide early and continuous coordination with appropriate land management agency officials in recommending projects consistent with purposes of the Act.
  • Provide frequent opportunities for citizens, organizations, tribes, land management agencies and other interested parties to participate openly and meaningfully, from the early stages of the project development thru implementation.

 

North Central Idaho RAC Members

Category A:
Labor & Industry
Category B:
Environmental & Dispersed Recreation
Category C:
Elected Officials, Education, Tribal, Citizens

Organized Labor or Non-Timber Forest Product Harvester Groups

Doug Boggan
Expires 6/22/21

Nationally Recognized Environmental Organizations

Tom Lamar
Expires 2/27/24

State-elected office (or designee)

Vacant

Developed Outdoor Recreation, Off-Highway Vehicle Users, or Commercial Recreation Activities

Cynthia Hake
Expires 2/27/24

Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Organizations

Vacant

County or Local Elected Office

Chris Goetz
Expires 6/22/21

Energy and Mineral Development or Commercial or Recreational Fishing Groups

Eric Pardue
Expires 2/27/24

Dispersed Recreation Activities

Todd Brown
Expires 6/22/21

American Indian Tribes

Jarrod Crow
Expires 6/22/21

Commercial Timber Industry

Mike Reggear
Expires 6/22/21

Archaeology and History

Beth Erdey
Expires 2/27/24

Area School Officials or Teachers

William Warren
Expires 6/22/21

Federal Grazing Permits or Other Land Use Permit Holders, or Representative of Non-Industrial Private Forest Land Owners

Craig Spencer
Expires 2/27/24

Nationally or Regionally Recognized Wild Horse and Burro Interest, Wildlife or Hunting Organizations, or Watershed Associations

Win Green
Expires 2/27/24

Affected Public-at-Large

Skip Brandt
Expires 2/27/24

Updated June 16, 2020

 

Past RAC Meeting Information

Please click here for information about past meetings of the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee.

 

Contact Us

Lisa Canaday, RAC Assistant
lisa.canaday@usda.gov
(208) 983-7004



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