Advisory Committees

Congress passed legislation to restore stability and predictability to the annual payments made to states and counties containing National Forest lands.  The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act establishes Resource Advisory Committees (RAC’s), appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and consisting of fifteen local citizens and three replacement members.

RAC-funded 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; maintain roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.

Generally, the committee’s role provides recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools Act and Community Self-Determination Act in Public Law 110-343. Each 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.

The RAC helps  to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the land management agencies consistent with the purposes of the Act. Members represent a variety of interests ranging from organized labor, mining, grazing and timber interests, nationally and locally recognized environmental organizations, elected officials and tribal representatives.

RACs by District

  • Hoonah-Admiralty National Monument
  • Juneau
    • Juneau Advisory Committee Notice of Meeting to be held February 15, 2017, 6PM
      • The Juneau RAC met as scheduled on February 15. There was only one proposal brought for their consideration:  the restoration on Picnic Creek in Lena Beach Picnic Site.  The RAC voted to allocate 100% of the available SRS funds for this purpose. The vote was unanimous. There has been no subsequent RAC activity. The only change from an administrative standpoint is Mike Dilger has replaced Karen Maher as the Administrator. Karen retired at the end of March.

  • Wrangell-Petersburg