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Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Is Accepting Project Proposals for Fiscal Year 2016

December 30th, 2015 Comments off

IDAHO FALLS, ID: The Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee will be accepting proposals for review and consideration for funding for Fiscal Year 2016.  The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 29, 2016.

“We estimate about $350,000 to award for 2016,” said Caribou-Targhee National Forest Supervisor and Designated Federal Officer Garth Smelser.  “Resource Advisory Committee participation enables local county residents to have a meaningful role in how federal funds are spent on public lands.”  The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act.

Resource Advisory Committee-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands within the Resource Advisory area (Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Caribou, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties), or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forest. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations.

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North Central Idaho RAC to Accept Project Proposals for 2016

December 16th, 2015 Comments off

Kamiah, Idaho (December 14, 2015) – The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting project proposals for review and possible funding for Fiscal Year 2016.

The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for two years in 2015.

RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Clearwater, Idaho and Latah counties or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forests. 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; maintains roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.

If you are interested in submitting a project, please complete the Project Proposal form located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/workingtogether/advisorycommittees  or contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) Laura Smith at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, ID 83530.  Smith can also be reached via email at lasmith02@fs.fed.us  or phone at 208-983-5143. Project proposals are due to Smith by January 29, 2016.

Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will  enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if approved by the RAC.

 

The North Central Idaho RAC meetings will be scheduled at a later date, tentatively in March, 2016.   The first meeting will be held for proponents to give presentations on their project proposals.  If needed, presentations will continue at the second meeting and the RAC will recommend selected projects for funding approval.  Meetings are always open to the public.

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Title II Takes one for the Team

August 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Since March there has been much activity surrounding the Secure Rural School payments made in early 2013 because the sequester law passed by Congress and signed by the President was applied to the payments.

For the states with Title II funds sufficient to cover the sequester for the entire SRS payment the Chief of the Forest Service gave the Governor’s the option to keep all the Title I and III funds and apply the sequester to Title II.  In this case Title II takes one for the team.  News media reports do a less than thorough job of discerning the difference between the Title I and III funds that were distributed to the counties and the Title II RAC funds that are held in the US Treasury and available for resource projects.

In Idaho the impact shapes up as shown in the chart with two levels for the last year, the post FY 2012 payment, one before sequester and one after.

Title II funds by year and by RAC

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MAKING IT FIT: Southwest Idaho RAC makes the choices with limited funds

October 24th, 2012 Comments off

During the month of September 2012 the Southwest Idaho RAC had the challenge of fitting $1,250,000 in project proposals and $736,000 to allocate.

Over two meetings the RAC examined the 31 proposals and found a way to fund 27 of them.  Many were partially funded and some did receive full funding.  Some details can be found in the September 13 meeting minutes posted here (.pdf).  And the chart below is a quick summation of the types of projects proposed and funded.

 

 

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EASTERN IDAHO RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RAC) APPROVES 2012 PROJECTS

October 2nd, 2012 Comments off

The Eastern Idaho RAC approved 81 natural resource projects totaling $497,907 during its September 21, 2012 meeting in Idaho Falls.  The RAC reviewed a total of 114 projects requesting $999,026 provided by ten Eastern Idaho Counties through the Reauthorization of The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

“We appreciate the support of Eastern Idaho Counties that provide funding for these projects”, stated Caribou-Targhee Forest Supervisor, Brent Larson.  “We also appreciate the members of the East Idaho RAC who volunteer their time to review, discuss and approve these projects.”

Projects must be located on or adjacent to National Forest System lands within the RAC boundaries.  The Eastern Idaho RAC includes Read more…

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US Forest Service asking states for school funding details

August 23rd, 2012 Comments off

US Forest Service asking states for school funding details
More than $300 million to be distributed under Secure Rural Schools program by year’s end

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2012 – The U.S. Forest Service today announced that the Congressional one-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act will mean payments of $308 million to states in support of schools and roads in rural counties. 

The Forest Service is now sending letters to each state advising them of the opportunity for counties where national forests are situated to receive a share of the state’s payment based on the July 6 reauthorization. 

“Our support of schools and roads in rural communities is one of the many ways the Forest Service is helping to sustain and stimulate economic growth across the country,” said Forest Chief Tom Tidwell.  “Opportunity for students and communities in rural America is directly tied to the future prosperity of our nation.” 

States have until Sept. 30 to Read more…

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The Post FY2012 Payment to Idaho Counties

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

The one-year reauthorization for Secure Rural Schools includes one additional payment at 95 percent of the 2011 payment level.  The formula in the 2008 reauthorization of SRS continues.  The Forest Service released the projected payments for each county.  Here is a chart showing the Idaho payment projection: Read more…

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One-year Extension of SRS: RACs will need to recommend Title II Projects

July 2nd, 2012 Comments off

US Congress included a one-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools legislation as part of the surface transportation legislation.  The post FY 2012 payment will be at 95 percent of the FY 2011 payment.  The legislation extends the operative dates in the legislation by one year.  This appears to mean that by September 30, 2012 the Resource Advisory Committees will need to complete recommendations of projects using Title II funds.

The exact amount of payment for each county has yet to be calculated.  Counties have therefore not yet made elections to allocate payments between Title I, II and III.  These details will be worked out in the coming days and weeks.  For RAC members the implication is best defined by this clip from the Blues Brothers movie of 1980.

 

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What the Forest Service is Saying about SRS Reauthorization Efforts

October 19th, 2011 1 comment

As Congress and the Administration wrestle with the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools Act, the Forest Service has the following to say:

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Southwest Idaho RAC Projects

July 1st, 2011 Comments off

At the May 26 meeting of the Southwest Idaho RAC the following projects were funded: Read more…

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