Advisory Committees

The Rio Grande National Forest has one active advisory committee: the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).

The Resource Advisory Committee recommends projects to the forest to be funded through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.  The purposes of the Act include making investments and creating employment opportunities through special projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives, or restore and improve public land health and water quality. 

The RAC works closely with U.S. Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources.  Projects must be developed in coordination with the local Forest Service district ranger and a county representative. Proposed projects must benefit the resources on the National Forests and comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.  Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Federal procurement and contracting regulations apply.

Information about the requirements for project proposals may be found here.

To submit a new project proposal, please click here.

Note: If you have Letters of Support or other supporting documents for your project proposal, please send these items to: Please include the Project Title in your email subject.

The RAC is currently accepting project proposals through Friday, August 16, 2019. Projects submitted by the deadline will be reviewed for recommendation for funding by September 30, 2019.

The RAC will review project submissions at their next meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Rio Grande County Annex Building, 965 6th Street, Del Norte, CO. The public is welcome to attend all RAC meetings.

For more information contact: Martha Williamson, RAC Designated Federal Official, at 719-657-6007; or Ariel Chomey, RAC Coordinator, at 719-657-6034.