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March 29 meeting cancelled

March 24th, 2016 Comments off

The March 29 meeting of the Southwest Idaho RAC has been cancelled.  For more information you may contact Richard Newton at 208-365-7001.

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Southwest Idaho RAC Meeting Agenda

March 19th, 2016 Comments off

March 22 meeting –

USDA Service Center (Emmett RD)               

1805 Highway 16, Emmett, ID  83617

10:00 AM  –  Welcome, Meeting Objectives, discussion/approval of admin costs, and Agenda Review RAC Chairperson,  Richard Newton (DFO)

10:30 – Legislation update, budget information, etc. Andy Brunelle

10:45 – Initiate Project Review RAC

12:00 – Lunch

12:30 – Public Comment

13:00 – Continue Project Review – RAC

16:00 – Close-out and Summary.  Determination of whether 3/29/2016 meeting is necessary RAC and DFO

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Southwest Idaho RAC meeting cancelled

July 30th, 2015 Comments off

The August 4 meeting of the Southwest Idaho RAC is cancelled. Project applicants are being notified of the RAC’s recommendations made at the July 21 meeting.

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Southwest Idaho RAC Meetings

July 8th, 2015 Comments off

The Southwest Idaho RAC has two meetings scheduled:  First one is July 21 and the second one is August 4.  Both are to be held at Emmett, ID in the natural resources center.  The links for each meeting provide the details.

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Southwest Idaho RAC projects application

June 15th, 2015 Comments off

Here is a link to the application for projects for the Southwest Idaho RAC.  Applications are due July 3, 2015.

 

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Council Schools Fuels for Schools Project

November 16th, 2014 Comments off

Check out this video on the Council Schools Fuels for Schools project that has evolved over the past eight years.  The Southwest Idaho RAC has provided financial support for this project.  The consumption of the wood chips come from Forest Service thinning projects.

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FIELD REPORT: RAC-supported trail work in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area

August 29th, 2014 Comments off
Hi everyone,
The Indian Creek trail clearing project with the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness was a major great success.We completed the second phase of the project last Saturday, with a full crew of 14 including Babette and I as two of the nine volunteers. I can attest to the RAC funding being wells spent to get a lot of work done. We cleared more than six miles of rough, heavily treed trail and just as significant, we fielded an ace trail team who learned a lot.

The crew with the last log.

The crew with the last log.

From ages 21 to 65, the volunteers pitched in to saw, saw, dig, chop, and saw some more. Check the stats below – more than 1000 trees cut! The four SBFC interns, all 20-somethings working all summer in the Frank, did high quality work – as strong, capable leaders, skilled workers, and smart, fun young people. Eric Melson, SBFC program director for the Frank, continues to grow and to thrive as a project organizer and highly skilled crew leader.
Adam and Dave cut through a red fir.

Adam and Dave cut through a red fir.

We had a total of 14 people on the crew for the full week, which I worried would be too cumbersome, but not at all because of good organizing and solid leadership. Sally Ferguson, SBFC director, and a friend also joined us for the first couple days as the crew really got serious.

We had the very good fortune to have snagged an excellent camp cook late in the planning, river guide Fred Hebert, who jumped in with Eric and I for the buying and whipped up great food for all. We fed all the crew for eight days for about $1000 and it was good food – way better than backpacking. The main requests for next time were more snacks (a lot of them are virtually kids) and more BEER (of course not using RAC funds).
Carey Foster of Backcountry Horsemen out of Kooskia provided great pack support and a steady hand around camp, with RAC funds going to his expenses for trailering the stock.
Diane and Eva

Diane and Eva

l’m hoping to do a magazine story on the experience and the program, with RAC funding mention of course, so I got some quotes from crew members. One of my favorites was from Laura Nichols, 21 and a recent College of Idaho graduate whose father is active in Backcountry Horsemen and encouraged her to volunteer with SBFC. Laura said, “when I’m in the wilderness I feel most connected to the person I really am and want to be. What better way to do that then to help maintain the trails and make them more accessible to others.”

I’m sure Gordon and the other Valley County commissioners will find the interns who are part of the Selway-Frank Foundation to be really solid young people when you all meet on Monday. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to McCall for the meeting but I am feeding the whole crew Sunday night, so we can keep them going.
Hope your summers are going great
John
Stats from Eric:
Miles of trail maintained: 6 Miles
Campsites cleaned: 3
Fire rings naturalized: 3
Trash removed: 57 lbs
Miles of trail brushed: 4 miles
Feet of trail re-tread: 385 feet
Cumulative miles hiked: 648
TREES REMOVED: 1,056
John McCarthy
Boise, Idaho
USA
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Southwest Idaho RAC is Back for 2014

February 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Click here to download the 2014 Southwest Idaho RAC application form (.doc).

Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee to Accept Proposals for 2014

 

The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting proposals for review and consideration for funding for Fiscal Year 2014.  The proposal deadline is March 14, 2014. 

“The RAC will be very busy over the next few months because they have about $600,000 to award for 2014,” said Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom.  “RAC participation enables local county residents to have a meaningful role in deciding how federal funds are spent on public lands.”  A series of meetings and proposal deadlines have been established by the RAC.  The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for one year.

 

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Video on RAC-Sponsored Fish Habitat Project

November 4th, 2013 Comments off

Check out this video on the Pierce Creek culvert replacement project on the Boise National Forest.

 

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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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