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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Pellet Machine – Bringing the manufacturing to the woods

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

With some funding provided by the Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee and a number of other partners, efforts are being made to bring mobile pellet manufacturing to the forest.  Check out this video:

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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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Applicants Sought for Caribou-Targhee National Forest Resource Advisory Committee

May 20th, 2014 Comments off

IDAHO FALL, ID:  The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on the Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 112-141) for Bannock, Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Madison, Oneida, and Teton Counties, Idaho.  The committee is chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Federal Advisory

Committee Act and consists of 15 members representing a wide array of interests. The committee currently has four vacancies with another seven becoming vacant in October 2014.  The Resource Advisory committee has need for members to represent the following interests:

 

• Organized labor

• Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation

• Energy and mineral development

• Commercial timber industry

• Federal grazing permit holders or land use permit holders within the RAC area

• Nationally, regionally, or locally recognized environmental organizations

• Dispersed recreational activities

• Archaeological and historical interests

• Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations

• State, county or local elected officials or their designee

• Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest

• School officials or teachers

• Represent the affected public at large

 

Committee members review and make recommendations concerning projects proposals on or adjacent to and benefiting the national forest to be funded under Title II of the Act.  On May 5, 2014, the current committee made recommendations concerning projects in the above listed counties in Eastern Idaho.

 

Individuals may nominate themselves or others, but the nominees must live within the State of

Idaho.  The application form and additional information can be obtained from Lynn Ballard, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83420, 208-557-5765 or lballard@fs.fed.us, or online at: 

http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ctnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.

 

Nominations and applications are due by June 20, 2014, and should be sent to Lynn Ballard, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83420, 208-557-5765 or lballard@fs.fed.us

 

Committee members serve without compensation, but travel expenses to attend meetings are provided.  Meetings are typically held 1 or 2 times per year in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

 

Equal opportunity practices in accordance with United States Department of Agriculture policies shall be followed in all appointments to the committee. To help ensure that the recommendations of the committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent women, men, racial and ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities.

The USDA prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.

 

-USFS-

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EASTERN IDAHO RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

April 24th, 2014 Comments off

EASTERN IDAHO:  The Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be meeting May 5, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until their business is complete (approximately 3:00 pm) at the Caribou-Targhee National Forest Headquarters, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID  83401.  The purpose of this meeting is to recommend projects for funding for 2013-6th year project proposals.  

According to RAC coordinator Lynn Ballard, the RAC has received 81 project proposals for the 2013-6th year recommendations. The projects currently before the RAC total about $636,378.  The Eastern Idaho RAC has an estimated $422,000 in Title II funds to award for 2014.

The projects recommended by the RAC will benefit the natural resources on and adjacent to National Forest System lands located in Bannock, Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Madison, Oneida, and Teton Counties in Eastern Idaho.  The funding is made available by the counties through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008. 

 

 

 

The 15 member RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils and watersheds; maintain roads, trails and infrastructure; or control noxious weeds on or adjacent to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

 

For more information on the RAC contact RAC Coordinator, Lynn Ballard at 208-557-5765 or

lballard@fs.fed.us.

 

The public and media are welcome to attend.

 

-USFS-

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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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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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