Advisory Committees

multiple images showing RAC area and logos

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 and three replacement members. 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

April 26, 2016 News Release - North Central Idaho RAC soliciting nominees - Please see the  Category List of RAC Members -   All but four of the current fifteen North Central Idaho RAC members have terms expiring September 30, 2016 and we are now soliciting for nominees to fill those positions when they become vacant. There are also 3 Replacement Member vacancies in Category A, B, and C to be filled.  USDA requires two applicants per position. 

North Central Idaho 2016 Meetings Schedule

March 30-31, 2016 Meeting Notes

March 30-31, 2016 Agenda

March 14, 2016 News Release

December 14, 2015 News Release

2016 Recommended Projects for Funding

North Central Idaho 2015 Meetings Schedule

June 17-18, 2015 Agenda

June 17-18, 2015 Meeting Notes

July 20, 2015 News Release - North Central Idaho RAC soliciting new members 

May 11, 2015 News Release

2015 Recommended Projects for Funding

2014 Meeting Agendas and Notes

March 12, 2014 Agenda

March 12, 2014 Meeting Notes 

April 10, 2014 AgendaApril 10, 2014 Meeting Notes

2014 Recommended Projects for Funding

Please note that the April 30, 2014 meeting listed in the Federal Register Notice was cancelled due to selection of projects for approval was completed at the April 10 meeting.

For further information, please contact Laura Smith, RAC Designated Federal Official, (208) 983-5143 or email her at: lasmith02@fs.fed.us.