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Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee to Accept Proposals for 2016

January 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Salmon, Idaho – The Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (CIRAC) will be accepting proposals for review and consideration for funding for Fiscal Year 2016.  The proposal deadline is February 12, 2016.

“CIRAC participation enables local county residents to have a meaningful role in deciding how federal funds are spent on public lands,” states Chuck Mark, Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor and Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the CIRAC.  The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for two years.

RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Butte, Custer or Lemhi 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 CIRAC 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.

The Central Idaho RAC covers the Salmon-Challis National Forest and portions of the Sawtooth and the Caribou-Targhee National Forests.

Applications for RAC proposals can be obtained at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees, or from the CIRAC Coordinator, Amy Baumer at the Public Lands Center, 1206 S. Challis Street, Salmon, ID 83467. Amy can also be reached via e-mail at abaumer@fs.fed.us or phone at 208-756-5145.

Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal, including a Forest Service contact, and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if approved by the CIRAC.  Selected project sponsors may be asked to make a short presentation to the Central Idaho RAC during a meeting this spring.  Times and locations will be assigned by the DFO.

Completed applications must be received in hardcopy or electronic form on or before the February 19, 2016 deadline.  Mail completed proposals to Amy Baumer at the Public Lands Center, 1206 S. Challis Street, Salmon, ID 83467.

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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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Eastern Idaho RAC looking for additional members

July 18th, 2012 Comments off

IDAHO FALLS, Id:  Bannock, Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Clark, Franklin, Fremont Madison, Oneida and Teton Counties, along with the Caribou-Targhee National Forests, are seeking to fill positions recently vacated on the Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).  Committee members work collaboratively through funding with partners to provide long-term watershed benefits in the above counties, restore watershed conditions, provide local jobs, and meet the intent of legislation.

“This group works extraordinarily well together,” said Brent Larson.  Larson is the Designated Federal Official responsible for the Eastern Idaho RAC, and is enthusiastic about the committee’s work.  “The tremendous amount of respect they hold for each other is exceptional.  They are organized and professional.  It’s amazing how they effectively allocate roughly $500,000 in the form of watershed restoration and forest management projects each year.”

The Eastern Idaho RAC and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest would like to thank Gerry Bates, Lyn Benjamin and Rick Cheatum for their past service.

The RAC is chartered under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000.  The RAC consists of 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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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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In Memory of Adena Cook

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

Adena Cook passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in Boise.  Adena served a term on the Eastern Idaho RAC, appointed mid-decade by the Secretary of Agriculture. 

Adena was one of the founders of the Blue Ribbon Coalition.  You can read their tribute to her at this link.  Her obituary is published here.

In addition to being on the Eastern Idaho RAC, Adena also was appointed to the Roadless Area Conservation National Advisory Committee (RACNAC), and advised the Forest Service on the state roadless rule petitions for Idaho and Colorado, and she participated in the RACNAC deliberations and advice on the Idaho Roadless Rule that was adopted in 2008.

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In Memory of Dave Whaley

April 4th, 2012 Comments off

Dave Whaley died April 4, 2012.  News of his passing was posted in the afternoon at idahostatesman.com.  Dave served the past eleven years on the Southwest Idaho RAC, representing organized labor interests.  Since 2007 Dave served as Chairman of the Southwest Idaho RAC.  He was 54.

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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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Deadline Looms on RACs, Title II Projects

September 26th, 2011 Comments off

September 30, 2011 is the deadline for Resource Advisory Committees to complete their recommendations on proposed projects that would use Title II funds to improve National Forest resources.

The Secure Rural Schools law included this deadline as part of the reauthorization in the fall of 2008.  RACs will continue to have the authority to meet to monitor the implementation of the projects that use Title II funds.

September 30, 2011 is also the deadline for counties and states to submit their allocations between Titles II and III for the upcoming payment.

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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.