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Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. US Forest Service May 2011. Purposes of the Act. Stabilize and transition payments to states for schools and roads Invest in the land and create employment opportunities

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Secure rural schools and community self determination act

Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act

US Forest Service

May 2011


Purposes of the act
Purposes of the Act

  • Stabilize and transition payments to states for schools and roads

  • Invest in the land and create employment opportunities

  • Improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for national forests

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Act of 1908 25 payment
Act of 1908 25% payment

Share national forest receipts from

  • Timber

  • Grazing

  • Land use

  • Recreation special uses & user fees

  • Minerals including oil, gas, coal

    Declined in recent decades

    fluctuate widely

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Secure rural schools titles
Secure Rural Schools Titles

  • Title I Secure payments for states and counties containing federal land to help fund countyschools and roads

  • Title II Projects on National Forest or to benefit resources on National Forest land

  • Title III County funds for fire-related

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Title ii special projects
Title II – Special Projects

  • On national forests or directly benefit resources on national forest lands

  • Help foster collaborative relationships

  • Reviewed and recommended by resource advisory committee (RAC)

  • Approved by Forest Supervisor

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Project types
Project Types

  • Improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure

  • Implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems

  • Restore and improve health of the land and water quality

  • Protect, restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat

Secure Rural Schools Act

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Project examples
Project Examples

  • road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration;

  • soilproductivity improvement;

  • watershed restoration and maintenance;

  • the control of noxious weeds; and

  • the re-establishment of native species

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Project requirements
Project Requirements

Approved projects must:

  • Meet purposes of the Act and title II

  • Comply with laws andregulations (NEPA)

  • Be consistent with Forest Plan(s)

  • Be properly submitted and recommended by RAC

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Project proponents
Project Proponents

Projects may be proposed by:

  • Resource advisory committee (RAC)

  • Counties

  • Communities

  • Fish, wildlife & watershed interest groups

  • Other partners and stakeholders

  • Forest Service

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Project implementors
Project Implementors

Implemented thru cooperative agreements:

  • federal agencies, state and local governments

  • private and nonprofitorganizations

  • landowners

    Or be implemented by

  • Contractor or by Forest Service personnel

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Project approval disapproval
Project Approval & Disapproval

The Secretary (Forest Service) has sole discretion to approve project

  • Disapprovals are not subject to appeal or judicial review

  • RAC will be notified of disapproval within 30 days with explanation

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac duties
RAC Duties

  • Review projects

  • Recommendprojects and funding

  • Coordinate with the Forest Service Designated Federal Official (DFO)

  • Encourage public participation

  • Monitor projects

  • Recommend changes based on monitoring

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac membership
RAC Membership

  • 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.

  • Include local representation

  • Residents of state(s) in which RAC has jurisdiction

  • Balanced and broad representation within three categories specified in the Act

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac categories interests
RAC Categories & Interests

Category A: 5 persons representing — Business & Development

  • (i) organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups

  • (ii) developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;

  • (iii) (I) energy and mineral development interests; or (II) commercial or recreational fishing interests;

  • (iv) commercial timber industry; or

  • (v) hold Federal grazing or other land use permits, or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the committee is organized.

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac categories interests1
RAC Categories & Interests

Category B: 5 persons representing - Resources

  • (i) nationally recognized environmental organizations;

  • (ii) regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations;

  • (iii) dispersed recreational activities;

  • (iv) archaeological and historical interests; or

  • (v) nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac categories interests2
RAC Categories & Interests

Category C: 5 persons that-- People

  • (i) hold State elected office (or a designee);

  • (ii) hold county or local elected office;

  • (iii) represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized;

  • (iv) are school officials or teachers; or

  • (v) represent the affected public at large.

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac set up
RAC Set Up

  • Each RAC is included on a regional charterapproved by the Secretary of Agriculture

  • RAC members will select a chairperson

  • Each RAC may develop and maintain its own by-laws or operating guidelines consistent with the Act and charter

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac operations
RAC Operations

  • Quorum: 9 of 15 members’ participation is required for meetings

  • Agreement by a majority (3 of 5) in each of the three categories is required for project approval.

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac meeting management
RAC Meeting Management

  • Meetings are open to the public

  • Publish meeting notice 15-45 days in advance in Federal Register

  • Publicize meetings at least 7 days in advance in local newspaper of record

  • RAC shall maintain meeting records available to public (RAC database and website.)

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs


Rac support
RAC Support

  • Designated Federal Official (DFO) will work with the RAC

  • Forest Service may provide additional staff support

  • Forest Service may request RAC to agree to use title II funds for environmental analysis of a project prior to implementation

Secure Rural Schools Act

www.fs.fed.us/srs