Advisory Committees

Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee

Designated to assist rural communities in and around National Forests, the Secure Rural Schools RAC provides advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, Public Law 110-343.

Florida’s RAC consists of 15 people selected to serve on the committee by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Members are from throughout the state and represent varied interests and areas of expertise. They work collaboratively to improve working relationships among community members and National Forest personnel.

Florida counties receive a Secure Rural Schools payment annually for having National Forest lands within their boundaries. Five Florida counties - Liberty, Wakulla, Columbia, Baker and Marion - elected to set aside a percentage of their payment for special projects. The RAC will ultimately review and recommend projects to be funded from this money.

Projects approved must benefit National Forests lands. Projects can maintain infrastructure, improve the health of watersheds and ecosystems, protect communities, and strengthen local economies.

Committee seats open on a periodic basis, with members of the public encouraged to apply. All committee meetings are open to the public.  Committee meetings and will be posted as public notices on the National Forests in Florida website.