“The RAC will evaluate 71 individual projects, which total more than twice the funding available,” said Alice Carlton, designated federal official for the Rogue-Umpqua RAC and Forest Supervisor for the Umpqua National Forest. “Each year, the RAC faces a considerable challenge in determining which of the worthy projects to recommend for funding. The committees’ hard work allows us to create new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships while accomplishing work on national forest system lands.”
Of the 71 projects to be reviewed by the RAC, 20 were submitted by watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, local municipalities, and other organizations. Title II project proposals for 2012 emphasize road maintenance, riparian habitat restoration, hiking trail and recreation site maintenance, wildlife habitat improvement, forest road maintenance and brushing, noxious weed treatment, and youth projects, among others.
The RAC meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Umpqua National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on both days. A 30-minute public forum is scheduled at 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 18 and at 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 19. During the public forum, comments will be taken on existing proposals.
RAC members will deliberate on projects proposed to be implemented in Klamath County beginning at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 18. Deliberations and voting on Douglas County projects is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 19. Jackson County project deliberation and voting is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 19. Deliberations and voting on Lane County projects is scheduled to begin at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 19. Those interested in observing scheduled deliberations for a specific county should plan to arrive up to 30 minutes early in the event the meeting runs ahead of schedule. The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m. both days.
In October 2008, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized as part of Public Law 110-343. RAC 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 Act and Community Self-Determination Act. Each RAC consists of 15 members representing varied interests and areas of expertise.
For more information, contact Cheryl Caplan, Public Affairs Officer, Umpqua National Forest at 541-957-3270.