Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization

Updated: November 5, 2019

Congress passed 2018 spending bill P.L. 115-141 that included reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program. SRS payments to states will resume, including payments to states for FY17.

The Forest Service has released FY18 payments to states. To access SRS funding reports from previous fiscal years, please click here

Congress also passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill) which contains some new provisions for Secure Rural Schools. 

  • The Farm Bill contains a pilot program for Regional Foresters to appoint RAC members in Montana and Arizona. 
  • The Farm Bill authorizes “Committee Composition Waiver Authority”, which states: “if… an inadequate number of qualified candidates have applied to serve on a resource advisory committee, the Secretary concerned may reduce the membership requirement… to not fewer than 9”. 


Guidance on Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Operations

SRS RACs operate under a national charter, the most recent of which was filed on October 17, 2019. Charter documents are available below:

Additional information regarding RACs:

  • RAC member recruitment can commence for RACs with members who have reached the end of their 4 year term and as a result no longer have quorum.
  • Previously appointed RAC members may resume all activities on their RAC unless they have reached the end of their 4 year term. RAC member terms limits were not extended by the reauthorization.
  • RAC members may be reappointed by the Secretary for an additional 4 year term provided members have not exceeded their term limits (maximum of 8 years). According to the authority members are appointed for 4 years, and may be reappointed for 4 additional years upon approval of the Secretary.
  • The national RAC charter is active and will expire on December 3, 2020. If a RAC has quorum it can begin to schedule meetings as soon as possible. After December 3, 2020, RAC meetings will be on hold until the charter is renewed. 
  • Under P.L. 115-141, RACs now have the authority to initiate Title II projects through September 30, 2020 using any Title II funds that were allocated under the previous authorization, or that will be allocated under this reauthorization. Title II project funds must be obligated by September 30, 2021.

Secure Rural Schools (SRS) website based database

The Forest Service SRS Title II database can now be found at the following link.