Want to Help Spend $3.6 Million to Benefit a National Forest

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Want to Help Spend $3.6 Million to Benefit a National Forest

Postby Todd » Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:34 am

Want to Help Spend $3.6 Million to Benefit a National Forest- Apply to
Join a RAC by March 31

JUNEAU, Alaska- Alaska needs resource advisory committee members to advise the Forest Service on spending over $3 million under the 2008 Secure Rural Schools Act. This money represents up to 15 percent of the $21 million the Act provided to Alaska for roads and schools for this first year of the Act.

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 federal government.

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
systems land.

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 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 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:

* Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
* Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial
recreation activities
* Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational
fishing interests
* Commercial timber industry
* Federal grazing or other land use permit holders or represent
non-industrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the
RAC is organized
* Nationally recognized environmental organizations
* 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
* Hold state elected office or their designee
* Hold borough or local elected office
* Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for
which the committee is organized
* School officials or teachers

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 ?RACs? 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 hgott@fs.fed.us or Tongass National Forest RAC Coordinator Phil Sammon at (907) 228-6201
psammon@fs.fed.us or Julie Speegle at 9907) 789-6246 jspeegle@fs.fed.us .

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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Postby ~jeff~ » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:15 am

Funny, there are only two National Forests in Alaska

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Postby Todd » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:39 am

~jeff~ wrote:Funny, there are only two National Forests in Alaska

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Yeah, but they are BIG. The Tongass is 17,000,000 acres. :o

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Postby ~jeff~ » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:21 am

Todd wrote:
Yeah, but they are BIG. The Tongass is 17,000,000 acres.


OK, I'm busted for not thoroughly reading the article. I saw " 2008 Secure Rural Schools Act" and thought the money was actually going to be used to benefit Alaskas rural schools which the bulk of are not located in the areas included.
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