The Siskiyou (OR) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), made up of local volunteers from across southwest Oregon, is scheduled to meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in order to finalize recommendations for funding of natural resource project proposals on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest administered lands in Curry, Josephine and Coos Counties.
The committee originally met on June 12-13, however, due to the committee not achieving quorum, the Siskiyou RAC is preparing to meet again in order to achieve full committee review and provide recommendations to the Approval Official, Merv George, Jr.
A total of $530,940 is available for natural resource projects in Curry ($293,164), Josephine ($182,428) and Coos ($55,348) Counties. This amount represents two fiscal years (FY2017-2018) of Title II funding made available through reauthorized payments under the SRS Act.
The Siskiyou RAC meeting on Oct. 2 will take place via video teleconference at three locations in Southwest Oregon:
- Medford Interagency Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford
- Wild Rivers Ranger Station, 26568 Redwood Highway, Cave Junction
- Gold Beach Ranger District, 29279 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach
The meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunity for public comment specific to RAC business. Contact RAC Program Manager Virginia Gibbons at 541-618-2113, or Virginia.Gibbons@usda.gov by Thursday, Sept. 26, to register for a public comment opportunity of three minutes or less. Written comments will also be accepted, as will requests for reasonable accommodations.
RACs provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands as authorized under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Each RAC consists of 15 members representing varied interests and areas of expertise in natural resource matters.
Title II project proposals submitted to the RAC generally emphasize forest road maintenance, forest and stream restoration, trail and recreation site maintenance, youth crew projects, road and trail bridge repairs, noxious weed treatments, bird surveys, growing native plants, and hazardous garbage removal, among others.
For additional information about Resource Advisory Committees, go to the Secure Rural Schools website http://bit.ly/2oa2Jay For information on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Resource Advisory Committees and members, go to http://bit.ly/2lHrgXi