Title II Projects and Resource Advisory Committee
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (as amended by P.L. 113-40) provides for federal funds to flow to counties that traditionally have been supported by timber payments. Below you will find information about the bill. The Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) will make recommendations on how a portion of this money is used on projects which benefit public land and resources, as specified in the authorizing legislation.
Current Status of the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
On October 2, 2013, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized through Public Law 113-40.
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program provides federal funds to counties that traditionally have been supported by timber payments. These payments make up for the loss in timber payments caused by the decline in timber harvest on federal lands that occurred in the 1990s. Title I of the Act makes the majority of the funds (approximately 85 percent) available to counties to support schools and infrastructure. Titles II and III make funds available for a variety of activities that benefit federal lands and resources in the benefiting county. Title III funds are managed by county governments and are available to organizations for a variety of activities including search and rescue on federal lands and wildfire prevention planning.
Title II funds are managed by federal agencies. A Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) made up of local citizens recommends how these funds will be spent. The Act defines a wide variety of activities that can be accomplished with Title II funds. In addition, it does not limit project applicants to federal agencies such as the BLM. Any individual or organization can submit an application. However, the project must benefit federal lands or resources.
The Committee duties and responsibilities are generally as follows:
- Review projects proposed under Title II of the Act;
- Propose projects and sources of funding to the Secretary and make recommendations regarding changes or adjustments that may be necessary to the projects the Committee is monitoring;
- Provide continuous coordination with appropriate land management agency officials in monitoring projects consistent with Title II of the Act;
- Provide frequent opportunities for citizens, organizations, tribes, land management agencies, and other interested parties to participate openly and meaningfully throughout the project development process;
- Monitor the development of projects that have been authorized; and
- Perform other duties as mandated by the Act.
Title II Projects
James Whittington, Secure Rural Schools Act and RAC Coordinator, 541-618-2220
Dayne Barron, District Manager and Designated Federal Official, 541-618-2444