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Summer 2015 RAC meetings are Scheduled

June 10th, 2015 Comments off

A number of meetings have been scheduled for summer 2015 for the Resource Advisory Committees in Idaho.  The Secure Rural Schools Act has been extended for two more years and Title II funds are available for RACs to recommend for resource projects on National Forests.

Here is the line up:

North Central Idaho RAC meets June 17-18 in Grangeville at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

South Central Idaho RAC meets June 24, 2015 at the Idaho Fish and Game offices in Jerome.

Central Idaho RAC meets June 30 in Salmon at the Public Lands Center.

Eastern Idaho RAC meets June 30 in Idaho Falls at the Caribou-Targhee National Forest headquarters.

Southwest Idaho RAC plans two meetings, the first is July 21 and the second August 4.  Both meetings will be held at the USDA Service Center, 1805 Highway 16 in Emmett.







Senate Hearing on Reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools

March 17th, 2013 Comments off

The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Tuesday March 19 concerning reauthorizing and reforming the Secure Rural Schools Act.

People interested in viewing the hearing can follow a link here to the Senate Committee website.

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Reauthorization of SRS: Like an 80-day relay race to a 9/30/12 deadline

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

On July 6, 2012, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized for one year as part of Public Law 112-141. 

The additional year payment and simple one-year extension of authorities in the SRS law set up what amounts to a more or less 80-day relay race to implement several components of the law.  A compressed timeline no doubt.  So what does this mean for RACs and for National Forests who coordinate RAC activities?

The bottom line is by September 30, 2011 the following things will need to happen. 


SRS implementation will be like an 80-day relay race


First, counties need to inform their Governor’s office if they want the SRS payment or the 25% payment.  Existing law says to do this my August 1st or at a date set by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Word is August 15 will be the deadline. 

Counties need to make their 2012 allocations between Title I, II and III.  RACs will need to know the amount of funds a county or counties have allocated to Title II and available for projects


RACs will need to reconvene and make recommendations on projects to use Title II funds.

Agreements will need to be completed between a National Forest and RAC on the projects.

Counties will need to initiate projects using Title III funds Read more…

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RACs are back in business, sort of, until September 30, 2012

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

In a June 7, 2012 decision memo the Secretary of Agriculture reestablished the Secure Rural Schools Act resource advisory committees (RACs) by approving the charter, the addendum listing the committees and a membership balance plan.  Lots of background information is available here.

Since October 2011 the six Secure Rural School RACs in Idaho have not operated because their authorization had expired and a new Charter had not yet been approved by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Idaho RACs had completed their work by the September 30, 2011 deadline where they made recommendations on projects to use Title II funds.

For the period Sept. 30, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012 RACs have authority to meet and monitor the implementation of the Title II-funded projects.  But without the Charter being renewed the RAC could not even meet to have field trips to inspect Title II projects and to interact with one another.  With the Charter in place there may be some RACs in Idaho planning a monitoring and inspection event.  We will provide information when we hear of such meetings.

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Idaho RACs – mainly Southwest – get some coverage

June 13th, 2011 Comments off

Some attention is being paid to Idaho RACs.  A Sunday June 12 article in the Idaho Statesman describes how the RACs authorized by the Secure Rural Schools law helped promote collaborative relationships among normally adversarial parties.  Statesman reporter Rocky Barker interviewed a number of people including RAC members for the article

In addition to the story in the newspaper, Barker also blogged about the May 26 Southwest Idaho RAC meeting.  you can read the first one here prior to the meeting and then the follow up story after.

Oversight Hearing on Secure Rural Schools Act

August 5th, 2010 Comments off

The Subcommittee for National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Committee for Natural Resources held an oversight hearing July 29 on the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act implementation.

Here’s a link to the Subcommittee’s web site with the Chairman’s opening statement, hearing video and witness testimony.

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Looking to Long-term Reauthorization

July 21st, 2010 Comments off

The President has received a letter signed by a significant number of US Senators who requested the Fiscal Year 2012 budget request to Congress include long-term reauthorization and concomitant funding for the Secure Rural Schools legislation. The two lead signatures are from Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Ida).

Read their letter here

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RACs Shift from Meetings to the Field

June 22nd, 2010 Comments off

RACs in Idaho have made their recommendations for the Title II funds and have completed their meetings for the season.

With the meetings done the action shifts to the field.  Some RACs are planning field trips during the summer.  Not all plans have firmed up but as information comes in we will update this website with on the upcoming field trips.   For example, the North Central Idaho RAC is planning a joint RAC/Clearwater Basin Collaborative field trip August 3-4 to the Clear Creek Project area, a project recently submitted under the Collaborative Federal Lands Restoration Act.

County Payment Decline Varies: Implications for future Payments

June 8th, 2010 Comments off

Secure Rural School Payments to Idaho Counties declined at different rates when comparing the Post FY2008 payment to the Post FY2009 payment.

Under the SRS law the total amount of funds available for the county payments are programmed to decline ten percent per year.  But the payment formula includes other factors that led to larger than ten percent declines for most counties in Idaho.

Read more…

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