Advisory Committees

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

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.

The RAC 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 last RAC meeting was on February 23, 2021

Follow to the Meeting Agenda.

Follow for the Meeting Notes

Approved 2021 projects will be posted here as soon as project proponents have been advised.

There are currently no plans for a future meeting.

Project Proposals

The deadline for project proposals was November 16, 2020. Projects submitted by the deadline were reviewed during February 23, 2021 RAC meeting.

Previous steps to take for submitting a project proposal

Please try to be as concise as possible but include as much information as needed, when submitting projects. We recommend project proponents review this information sheet about the requirements for project proposals here.

The electronic form previously used for submitting project proposals is no longer in use. Please use this checklist as a guide to create your project proposal on a separate document and submit it to Please include “RAC and your project title” in the subject line. (Clicking on “this checklist” above will initiate a download of a word document.)

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.

Follow to the project proposal news release.

For more information contact:

  • Gregg Goodland, RAC Coordinator, at 719-588-7045 

  • Martha Williamson, RAC Designated Federal Official, at 719-657-6007