Butte County RAC Meeting

Release Date: Aug 12, 2010  

Members of the community interested in the USDA Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) being formed in Butte County are invited to an information meeting on August 16, 2010, from 6-8 pm at the Feather River Ranger District Conference Room (875 Mitchell Ave, Oroville, CA). Meeting topics will include an overview of the legislation governing the RAC and its activities, committee make-up and duties, funding, project sideboards, application process, and timelines. RACs were established as a provision of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of  2000 (Secure Rural Schools or SRS). The SRS replaced an arrangement that gave counties 25% of Forest Service receipts from logging, grazing, recreation and other activities on national forest lands.

In a fiscal process prescribed by the legislation, the Butte County Board of Supervisors has directed approximately $345,000 for projects to be recommended by the RAC to the Forest Service for the benefit of local trails, roads, forest health, watershed, and fish and wildlife habitat on federally managed lands in Butte County or on private land if the project benefits federal resources. Once appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture later this summer, the Butte County RAC will review and recommend national forest projects for funding both this year and next.

By law, the fifteen member RAC is populated by community members representing various interests including: organized labor, developed outdoor recreation, energy & mineral development or recreational fishing, grazing or public land use permittee, national environmental organization, regional or local environmental organization, dispersed recreation, archaeological/historical, watershed/wildlife/hunting groups, state elected official, county elected official, American Indian tribe, school officials or teachers, and the public at large.
If you would like to get more information about the Secure Rural Schools legislation and RACs in particular, visit the SRS website at www.fs.fed.us/srs.
Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, Plumas National Forest Resource Advisory Committee Coordinator, at (530) 283-7850.