The Humboldt RAC, formed in 2009, works in a collaborative nature to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the approval of projects that are funded under the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, as amended.
The purposes of the Secure Rural Schools Act include making additional investments in, and creating employment opportunities through projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure; and, restore and improve land health and water quality. These projects must be on National Forest System lands or be adjacent to and benefit these lands. Funds may be used for projects that enjoy broad-based support and have objectives such as:
· Road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration;
· Soil productivity improvement;
· Improvements in forest ecosystem health;
· Watershed restoration and maintenance;
· Restoration, improvement and maintenance of wildlife or fish habitat;
· Control of noxious weeds and invasive species; and,
· Re-establishment of native species.
Doug Clarke, Acting District Ranger said that he looks forward to talking to interested local residents. “A diverse cross section of the local community is essential to the success of the Humboldt RAC,” he added.
"Serving on the RAC is a rewarding experience - you are able to help direct federal money to worthwhile projects that directly benefit our local community,” said Andy Hart, current RAC member. “RAC money has helped with weed control in Paradise Valley, installation of ATV cattle guards, and engaging youth in natural resources and hands-on conservation,” said Hart.
Past funding has gone to the Nevada Outdoor School and the Paradise Valley Weed District. The Humboldt RAC consists of 15 members and alternates appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Committee members shall be representative of the interests of the following three categories:
§ 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 permitee or represent nonindustrial 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
§ State elected official or their designee
§ County or local elected official
§ American Indian tribes within or adjacent to committee area
§ School officials or teachers
§ Represent the affected public at large.
Positions open on the Humboldt RAC are related to the following category A interests:
· Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
· Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;and,
· Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests
Seating new members will allow the RAC to meet and begin work on soliciting and reviewing projects this spring. Interested candidates should contact either Acting District Ranger, Doug Clarke, at 775-352-1215, or RAC Coordinator, Irene Burkholder, at 775-623-5025, extension 117, for further information and/or an application.