EASTERN IDAHO: The Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be meeting September 21, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. until their business is complete (approximately 3:00 pm) at the Caribou-Targhee National Forest Headquarters, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. The purpose of this meeting is to approve funding for 2012-5th year project proposals.
According to RAC coordinator Lynn Ballard, the RAC has received 112 project proposals for the 2012-5th year recommendations. The projects currently before the RAC total about $996,521.
The projects recommended by the RAC will benefit the natural resources on and adjacent to National Forest System lands located in Bannock, Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Madison, Oneida, and Teton Counties in Eastern Idaho. The funding is made available by the counties through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008.
The 15 member RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils and watersheds; maintain roads, trails and infrastructure; or control noxious weeds on or adjacent to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
“The authority of the RAC to recommend projects expires on September 30, 2012, so they need to complete recommendations for 2013 in a very tight timeline,” said Caribou-Targhee National Forests Supervisor Brent Larson. “The Eastern Idaho RAC has an estimated $500,000 in Title II funds to award for 2013.”
For more information on the RAC contact RAC Coordinator, Lynn Ballard at 208-557-5765 or
The public and media are welcome to attend.