“Each Resource Advisory Committee offers a great opportunity for citizens and organizations to bring project ideas forward. RAC project proposals represent the interests and needs of specific communities and we get to hear from many organizations about important projects with potential to benefit National Forests System lands,” said Mary Erickson, Custer Gallatin Forest Supervisor. “Many of these projects benefit overall ecosystem health and recreationists often see work done on trails they care about.”
RAC projects must be located on or be adjacent to and directly benefiting National Forest System (NFS) lands within the respective counties on the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Projects can be completed through partnership agreements, by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations, or by Forest Service personnel. Organizations, government entities, or individuals may submit proposals and are strongly encouraged to work with each local ranger district on project submissions and feasibility, prior to submitting the final proposal.
Project Submission Forms are available on the Custer Gallatin National Forest websites at http://www.fs.usda.gov/custer orwww.fs.usda.gov/gallatin and clicking on the Resource Advisory Committee link to the right. Forms must be submitted by September 30 to the address noted on the application, electronic submissions are preferred. To learn more about the National RAC program visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/pts.
Each RAC will begin reviewing project proposals for possible funding after the reauthorization of the SRS Act occurs. When RAC meetings are held project proponents are welcome and asked to attend, but may only have a few minutes to summarize their project or address clarifying questions before the RAC makes its final decisions. The public is invited to attend all RAC meetings. For additional information on the RAC or to learn more about proposing projects, please contact Mariah Leuschen, 406-587-6735 or cell at 406-548-1174.
Each RAC is chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and consists of 15 members representing a wide array of interests. The Gallatin and Southern Montana Resource Advisory Committees do currently have vacancies for members to represent the following interests: · State elected office (or a designee) · County or local elected office · Represent American Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized · School officials or teachers · National, regional or locally recognized environmental organizations · Dispersed recreational activities · Archaeological and historical interests · Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest group, wildlife or hunting organizations or watershed associations
To apply, individuals may nominate themselves or others, but nominees must live in the state of Montana. The application form, referred to as an AD-755 can be obtained by visiting www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin orwww.fs.usda.gov/custer and clicking on Resource Advisory Committees on the right-hand link or by contacting: Mariah Leuschen, 406-587-6735 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are encouraged to add detail to supplemental questions or attach a resume pertaining to questions 10 – 16, as applicable. Applications must be received by mail only, as hardcopy is required for the Department of Agriculture. Mail applications to: Attn: Mariah Leuschen/RAC Application, Custer Gallatin National Forests, P.O. Box 130, (10 E Babcock), Bozeman, MT 59715. All applications take a minimum of 6 months, require two applicants per vacancy prior to moving forward for processing and are contingent upon Secretary of Agriculture Review and Selection.
Committee members serve without compensation, but they may be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses. Meetings are typically held 1 or 2 times per year (with optional field trips).
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