COASTAL OREGON RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Coastal Oregon Resource Advisory Council

***The Coastal Oregon RAC was consolidated on 03/05/20 to the Western Oregon RAC. The information on this page will remain available for historic purposes.***

The Coastal Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) provides advice and recommendations on all aspects of public land management, including Secure Rural Schools Title II recommendations, to the BLM's Coos Bay, Salem, and Eugene Districts. The jurisdiction of the Coastal Oregon RAC includes BLM-managed lands in Clatsop, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lincoln, and Tillamook Counties.

Early each calendar year, the BLM accepts nominations for new members. The Secretary of the Interior appoints citizens to staggered three-year terms on the Council, so one-third of the member terms expire each year.

Members of these three new RACs will be appointed to represent the following three interest groups:

Category One: Five members who represent energy and mineral development (with a special emphasis on transportation or rights-of-way interests); the commercial timber industry; organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups; developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation (with a special emphasis on commercial or recreation fishing); or Federal grazing or other land permits or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners.

Category Two: Five members who represent nationally recognized environmental organizations; regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activities; archaeological and historical interests; or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.

Category Three: Five members who hold state elected office; hold county or local elected office; represent Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the Council is organized; are school officials or teachers with knowledge in natural resource management or the natural sciences; or represent the affected public-at-large and/or are employed by a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources, land or water.

All RAC meetings are open to the public, and each meeting includes time for the public to present or comment on issues for RAC consideration.

For more information, contact Megan Harper at 541-751-4353 or m1harper@blm.gov.

Project Submissions for Title II, Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act

Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act Title II funds are managed by Federal agencies. The Coastal Oregon RAC recommends how these funds will be spent. Funds area available for projects that improve existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality. The project must benefit Federal lands or resources. Individuals, non-profit organizations, organized groups and local governments are all eligible to receive Title II funding. The Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS Act) was reauthorized by section 524 of P.L. 114-10 and signed into law by the President on April 16, 2015.

The Coastal Oregon RAC is now soliciting funding applications for projects in Tillamook, Lincoln, Douglas, Coos and Curry Counties.  Applications are due to the Coos Bay District Office by close of business February 6, 2017. 

Submit your completed application via email to smesserl@blm.gov or via postal mail to 1300 Airport Lane, North Bend, Oregon, 97459. For additional information or questions, please contact Stephanie Messerle at 541-751-4230.

Contact Information

Megan Harper, 541-751-4353 or m1harper@blm.gov