Advisory Committees

Contact: Susan Garner, Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee Coordinator, (360) 956-2390.

Current Updates

Upcoming RAC meeting: The RAC meeting scheduled for April 15, 2020 has been postponed at this time.

Project Proposals: View current 2020 proposals.

Project Information

Past Proposal Information /Archive

Outreach for new Resource Advisory Committee members

Olympic National Forest will be putting out a call for new Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) members in 2020. More information will be provided soon.

(Paper copies are also available at the Olympic National Forest Headquarters, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA)

Title II Submission Forms 

*Olympic National Forest is not soliciting project proposals at this time.

Please submit completed forms electronically to Susan Garner at susan.garner@usda.gov. Hard copies can be mailed to Olympic National Forest, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, and Attention: Susan Garner.

Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

Resource Advisory Committee Members in 2017

Members and their representative groups:

Members 2017 (.pdf)

  • Wes Cormier - Elected Official
  • James Horan - Organized Labor or Non-Timber Forest Product Harvester Groups Developed Outdoor Recreation, Off-Highway Vehicle Users, or Commercial Recreation Activities
  • Bill Peach - Commercial Timber Industry
  • Frank Hanson - Federal Grazing Permit or Other Land Use Permit Holders, Non-Industrial Private Forest Land Owners
  • Peter Bailey - Federal Grazing Permit or Other Land Use Permit Holders, Non-Industrial Private Forest Land Owners
  • Rod Farlee - Nationally Recognized Environmental Organizations
  • Jill Silver - Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Organizations
  • Sharon Yeh - Dispersed Recreational Activities
  • Ian JablonskiI - Archaeology and History Nationally or Regionally Recognized Wild Horse and Burro Interest, Wildlife or Hunting Organizations, or Watershed Associations
  • Tamara Pokorny - Archaeology and History Nationally or Regionally Recognized Wild Horse and Burro Interest, Wildlife or Hunting Organizations, or Watershed Associations
  • Nicole Rasmussen - American Indian Tribes 
  • David Morris - Area School Officials or Teachers
  • Mitzi Schindele - Affected Public-At-Large 

About Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

Olympic Peninsula RAC at Falls Creek

The Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) members work collaboratively with the Olympic National Forest through the advice and recommendations of the RAC for projects proposed for Title II funds that are available for projects that will benefit resources on National Forest System lands and around rural communities on the Olympic Peninsula. The projects improve ecological conditions via projects that provide local jobs, restore landscapes, enhance recreation, combat invasive species and engage youth. 

The Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS Act) was reauthorized by section 524 of P.L. 114-10 and signed into law by the President on April 16, 2015.  In total, approximately $285 million in Forest Service authorized SRS funding will benefit 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in support of local schools and roads and for other purposes.  SRS Act Title II funds are appropriated by the U.S. Congress and sent to Counties in lieu of the former 25% of payments from timber harvest to Counties (basically to make up for the loss of property tax in counties that have a lot of federal land).  Counties can elect to put some or all of their payments into the Title II fund.

OPACMtgForks.JPGThe RAC consists of 15 members who represent a variety of interest groups who work together to review and recommend approval of natural resource improvement projects to the Forest Supervisor.  The Act defines a wide variety of activities that can be accomplished with Title II funds.  Projects may occur, or benefit directly National Forest System lands.  The RAC provide recommendations on how these funds will be spent in each County that elects to fund projects.

For more information about Secure Rural Schools legislation and payments, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/home



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