Advisory Committees

The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting proposals for review and possible funding for Fiscal Years 2013.

“The RAC will be very busy over the next two months because they have about $550,000 to award for 2013,” said Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom. “The authority of the RAC to recommend projects expired on September 30, 2012, so they need to complete recommendations for 2013 in the next 8 weeks.”

A series of meetings and proposal deadlines have been established by the RAC over the next few weeks. The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for one year.

RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Adams, Boise, Elmore, Gem, Valley, and Washington 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 controls noxious weeds.

“RAC participation enables local county residents to have a meaningful role in deciding how federal funds are spent on public lands,” said Lannom. The Southwest Idaho RAC covers the Payette and Boise National Forests and the Fairfield Ranger District on the Sawtooth National Forest and the Middle Fork District on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Applications for RAC proposals can be obtained at , ,, or from the Designated Federal Official (DFO) Kim Pierson at New Meadows Ranger District, P.O. Box J, New Meadows, ID 83654. Pierson can also be reached via e-mail at, or phone at 208 -347-0301.

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. Selected project sponsors may be asked to make a 20 minute presentation to the Southwest Idaho RAC committee on September 13. Times will be assigned by the DFO.

RAC meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows. Meetings are held at the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program Building, 3100 South Vista Avenue, Boise, Idaho. Meetings are always open to the public.

DEADLINE:                                     WHAT IS DUE?                                                                

Aug. 20, 2012                                   2013 Proposals                                                                                                                      

Sept. 13, 2012                                  Presentations


Aug. 30, 2012                                  First Round & Chairman Selection    
Sept. 13, 2012                                 Presentations for Selected 
Sept. 20, 2012                                 Meetingto Finalize Approved Proposals – Final Round     



Completed applications should be mailed to Kim Pierson, New Meadows Ranger District, P. O. Box J, New Meadows, Idaho 83654.

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