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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Central Idaho RAC to meet April 10 to Recommend Projects for SRS Funding

April 6th, 2014 Comments off

Grangeville, ID–The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 10 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, Idaho, in the Confluence Conference Rooms. The meeting is open to the public.
The RAC is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The purpose of the RAC is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act.
Secure Rural Schools Payments to the States were announced April 4, 2014. The North Central Idaho RAC has an estimated total of $830,066.00 of Title II funds to allocate towards projects.
The agenda for the April meeting includes recommending FY 2014 projects for funding. On March 12, the RAC members met to hear presentations on FY 2014 project proposals.
RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Idaho, Clearwater 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 controls noxious weeds.
For more information, please contact Laura Smith, Designated Federal Official (DFO), at (208)-983-5143, or email: lasmith02@fs.fed.us.

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North Central Idaho RAC accepting project proposals for 2014

February 3rd, 2014 Comments off

 Grangeville, ID–The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting project proposals for review and possible funding for Fiscal Year 2014.

 

A project proposal due date and meeting dates are scheduled over the next few weeks. The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for one year. 

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 Read more…

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North Central Idaho RAC Contingency Projects

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

The North Central Idaho RAC met by phone to discuss and priortize additiona projects to fund with Title II money if additional funds became available.  Minutes of their telephone conference meeting are posted here.

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North-Central Idaho RAC sets Meeting for Sept 6; August 2nd minutes available

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

The North Central Idaho RAC has set a meeting on September 6th by telephone to go over recommendations for allocating any left over funds or funds that may come back to the Forest if bids come under budget or a project is not implemented.

Meanwhile, the meeting minutes from their August 2, 2012 RAC meeting are now available here.

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One and Done: North Central Idaho RAC Completes Recommendations

August 6th, 2012 Comments off

It only took one meeting, and it happened before the exact amount of Title II funds are officially known.  The North Central Idaho RAC met in Grangeville last Thursday, August 2nd, and completed their recommendations to the Forest Supervisor for projects to use Title II funds.

“A big Thank You! to the RAC Members for accomplishing this task today and to Read more…

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North Central Idaho RAC to Accept Proposals for 2013

July 11th, 2012 Comments off

Grangeville, ID–The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting proposals for review and possible funding for Fiscal Year 2013.

“The authority of the RAC to recommend projects expires on September 30, 2012, so they need to complete recommendations for 2013 in a very tight timeline,” said Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor Rick Brazell.  “The North Central Idaho RAC has an estimated $800,000 in Title II funds to award for 2013.”

A proposal due date and meeting date has been established by the RAC over the next few weeks. The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for one year.

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 Read more…

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BLM Resource Advisory Committee Looking for New Appointees

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

BLM Extends Nomination Period for Advisory Council Vacancies

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is extending the deadline for nominations for six open positions on its Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The Coeur d’Alene RAC consists of members from Boundary, Bonner, Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Clearwater, Idaho and Adams counties.   

Nominations are due June 4, 2012.

The BLM is looking for a diverse group of people representing industry, environmental organizations, historical and archaeological groups, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and the general public.  Resource Advisory Councils are citizen-based groups that make recommendations to the BLM regarding public land and resource management, including land-use planning, recreation, fire management, livestock grazing, and wild horse and burro herd management. Read more…

North Central Idaho RAC support for historic Florence, Idaho

March 9th, 2012 Comments off

A new brochure, “The Lure of Gold – The History of Florence, Idaho and the 1861 Discovery of Gold,” is now available in print or on the Nez Perce National Forest internet site under Maps & Publications/Brochures at this link (16MB).

This project was funded by the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee under the Secure Rural Schools Act and includes an interpretive sign and the brochure.

Many thanks to Roger Inghram, Back Country Horsemen, who volunteered his time to build the frame and will place the sign at the site.

Landscape Architect trainee Morai Helfen, Cindy Schacher and RAC coordinator Laura Smith of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest worked on this project together.  We think both the public and our employees will find it an interesting and enjoyable read.  If you get a chance, take a drive to Florence this summer and bring along the brochure and get a feel for the history of the area.

North Central Idaho RAC member Dennis Baird commented, “I have followed this project with great care. The results, both at Florence and in the new brochure, are really first class and offer a much broader look at cultural history than is normally the case. Nice work on everybody’s part,” said Baird.

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