Advisory Committees

Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 established Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects funded under the Act that provide a benefit to federal  lands. RAC consists of 15 people representing varied interests and areas of expertise, who work collaboratively to improve working relationships among community members and national forest personnel.

NEW: Congress passed 2018 spending bill PL 115-141 that included reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. SRS payments to states will resume, including retroactive payments to states for FY17.

  • The Forest Service is reviewing PL 115-141 and working on its process for prompt payments to states. We will release updated numbers once we have them.
  • The Forest Service is reviewing PL 115-141 to determine the next steps for re-activating the RACs.

Updated information will be posted on this website as soon as possible. 

Links to national RAC page where you can see scheduled meeting dates and agendas, meeting notes, current membership, project proposals, and other statistics:

Seeking New RAC Members

The Six Rivers National Forest is looking for interested community members to serve on the Del Norte and Humboldt RACs. Resource Advisory Committees are made up of local residents representing a diverse cross-section of interests that affect and are affected by national forest management in their community. This is a unique opportunity to provide advice and recommendation on management activities on national forest lands in Del Norte or Humboldt County.

Prospective members should be representative of at least one element of one of the following three categories:

  • Organized labor developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, energy and mineral development interests, commercial timber industry, or hold federal grazing or other land use permits with the corest and county.
  • Nationally recognized environmental organizations, regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreational activities, archaeological and historical interests, or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups.
  • State elected office or a designee, county or local elected official, American Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the county, schools officials or teachers, or represent the affected public at large.

All applications must contain original signatures and be mailed or delivered to Six Rivers National Forest Headquarters, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka CA, 95501, Attn: Bridget Litten.

For further information on how to apply, please contact Bridget Litten, Public Affairs Officer/RAC Coordinator, at (707) 441-3673 or bridget.litten@usda.gov.

Operations of RACs

Each meeting shall be convened and conducted in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and USDA Departmental Regulations. FACA rules require the Designated Federal Official (DFO) to publish notice of a meeting in Federal Register at least 15 days in advance. The SRS Act requires announcement of a RAC meeting at least one week in advance in a local newspaper of record. Meetings are open to the public and the DFO is responsible for keeping minutes and other records related to the meetings.

Forms

Forms for Application Packages

Forms for Reporting Process

Forms for Reimbursements for Advance Payments



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/srnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees