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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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Southwest Idaho RAC minutes 3/17/1

April 21st, 2011 Comments off

Here are the minutes (pdf) for the March 17, 2011 meeting of the Southwest Idaho RAC.

North Central Idaho RAC Meeting Cancelled

February 23rd, 2011 Comments off

The February 23-24 North Central Idaho RAC meetings were cancelled yesterday due to winter weather and hazardous driving conditions. The RAC will reschedule meetings in March and April to select FY 2011 and 2012 project proposals for funding.

Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Seeks Project Proposals

December 6th, 2010 Comments off

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  The Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is now accepting project proposals for natural resource improvements on or adjacent to National Forest lands from any interested person or organizationProject proposals are due Friday, January 28, 2011 (COB).  The Forest is accepting project proposals for both 2011 and 2012 seasons.

“The RAC will be very busy this year because they have about $592,000 to award for 2011 and close to $500,000 on projects for 2012,” said Caribou-Targhee National Forest Supervisor Brent Larson. “The authority of the RAC to recommend projects expires on September 30, 2011, so the RAC will need to complete recommendations for two year’s worth of projects in the next ten months.

Project funds have been made available under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008, which was enacted to 1) stabilize the payments rural counties receive from the federal government for roads and schools; 2) to create additional employment opportunities through projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure and have objectives that may include road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration, soil productivity improvement, improvements in forest ecosystem health, watershed restoration and maintenance, improvement of wildlife and fish habitat, control of noxious and exotic weeds, and the reestablishment of native species; and 3)  to improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for Federal land, and the agencies that manage the Federal land.  Read more…

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South Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee to Accept Proposals

November 8th, 2010 Comments off

       Twin Falls, ID. . . .The South Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting proposals for review and possible funding at their January RAC meeting.  Currently the RAC has approximately $120,000.00 available for projects for Fiscal Year 2011.

        Resource Advisory Committee funds are made available by Blaine, Camas, Cassia and Twin Falls Counties through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008.  RAC funds will benefit projects that work towards Forest health, fish, wildlife, soils and watersheds; maintain roads, trails and infrastructure; or control noxious weeds on the Sawtooth National Forest or adjacent lands.

        Project Proposal forms can be located on the Sawtooth National Forest website at:  http://fs.usda.gov/sawtooth .   Contact Julie Thomas at the Sawtooth National Forest at 208-737-3262 for any questions regarding possible projects or the application process.  Project proposals for this cycle will be accepted until December 30, 2010.

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Early Estimate on Title II Funds

October 15th, 2010 Comments off

On September 30 each state submitted the annual allocations made by counties that receive forest payments.  They allocate between 80 to 85 percent for Title I (roads, schools), eight to 20 percent for Title II and up to seven percent for Title III.  (If the county receives less than $100,000 they can put it all in Title I.)

For the Post FY2010 payment the Title II funds are estimated at –

Idaho Panhandle  $             769,234
North Central Idaho  $             963,192
Southwest Idaho  $             767,033
Central Idaho  $             869,801
South Central Idaho  $             120,175
Eastern Idaho  $             592,095

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Eastern Idaho RAC Members Call Tour a Success

August 11th, 2010 Comments off

RAC Members were very impressed with the quality of projects being undertaken by the employees of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Some projects toured were completed while others are just getting started. Members were happy to see the projects first-hand on the northern part of the Forest and looking forward to taking a tour on the southern half.

New bridge at Howard Creek.

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Time Arrives for Counties to Make Annual Allocation Decisions on Title I, II & III Payments

July 13th, 2010 Comments off

Letters were recently mailed to each State Treasurer asking that they reply with information on the annual funding allocation each county makes for the Fiscal year 2010 payment they will receive under the Secure Rural Schools Act.  The deadline is September 30, 2010 for each State Treasurer to provide the information.  This means that counties will need to provide the information a few days or weeks in advance so the information can be collated.

In Idaho this event is a familiar ritual that has gone on since the summer of 2001.  The Idaho Association of Counties coordinates the county elections made on how much money to allocate to Title I (roads and schools), Title II (National Forest projects) or Title III (county projects). 

A county that initially elected to receive a share of the stable payment under the Secure Rural Schools law will receive its share of the State payment through fiscal year (FY) 2011.

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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.

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