Apply to Join a RAC by March 31
March 05, 2009
Under the Act, communities
in unorganized areas and boroughs that receive Secure Rural Schools
money must elect to use 15% of their allocation for one of two
separate titles in the Act, or that 15% will revert to the
Title III funds may only be
used to carry out the Firewise Communities program, develop community
wildfire protection plans, and reimburse for emergency services
paid for by counties and performed on national forest
Title II funds may be used for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and other resource objectives consistent with the Secure Rural Schools Act on national forests. Those funds may also be used on non-federal land where projects would benefit the resources on national forests. Resource advisory committees (RAC) propose and monitor projects under Title II.
RACs from past Secure Rural Schools acts are functioning in Yakutat and Petersburg/Wrangell. New RACs will be forming to service Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island, Sitka, Juneau, Icy Straits/Lynn Canal, Prince William Sound, and Kenai Peninsula/ Anchorage areas.
Each Resource advisory committee (RAC) will consist of 15 members, and any Alaska resident may apply to sit on any of these committees. However, a person may only sit on one committee at a time. RAC members will serve four years and must represent one of the following interests:
Submit applications for RAC memberships by March 31. Contact the designated federal official for the RAC of your choice to apply for a membership. The name and contact information for a RAC's designated federal official is located under the RAC link at https://wwwnotes.fs.fed.us/wo/secure_rural_schools.nsf.
Applicants may download a RAC application form (AD-755) from the same site. Additional information may be obtained from Chugach National Forest RAC Coordinator Heather Gott at (907) 743-9505 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tongass National Forest RAC Coordinator Phil Sammon at (907) email@example.com or Julie Speegle at 9907) 789-6246 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Very detailed information concerning the makeup, functions and responsibilities of resource advisory committees under the 2008 Secure Rural Schools Act is on the Web at http://www.fs.fed.us/srs/racs.shtml.
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