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Members sought for advisory committee

The Fresno County and Madera County Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) are seeking applications from interested citizens who would like to join a committee to provide guidance for federal dollars to be used in each of the two counties.

President Clinton signed into law the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. This Act was designed to restore stability to the annual federal payments received by counties with National Forest lands.

Title II of the Act distributes funds through the US Forest Service and are to be used for road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration, soil productivity improvements, watershed restoration, wildlife and fish habitat improvements, control of noxious weeds; reintroduction of native species, and hazardous fuels reduction. Projects can be on public or private lands.

The Act provides several options on how the annual payments can be used for various county projects. One option allows the county to form a Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) and designate a percentage of funds for “Special Projects” on or impacting National Forest lands.

The purpose of the RAC is to provide advice and recommendations concerning projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality to the National Forest lands in Fresno and Madera Counties consistent with the purposes of this Act.

The RAC members are vital participants in selecting the projects to be implemented consistent with this Act. The Sierra National Forest and the Fresno County and Madera County Board of Supervisors are committed to the successful implementation of this Act and look forward to a variety of resource projects to benefit National Forest or adjacent lands in the County.

Copies of the application form can be obtained on the Internet (identified below), at the Bass Lake District Office in North Fork, and at the Forest Service office at the Yosemite Sierra Visitor Bureau in Oakhurst.

Those interested are asked to forward an application and letter to the attention of: Julie Roberts, Sierra National Forest, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, Calif., 93611.

Applications and letters must be received by Oct. 31. The Forest Service web site for resource advisory committees has a large quantity of information. Visit the Sierra National Forest Advisory Committees web-site at: goo.gl/B8tSL8. Or for additional information visit the Secure Rural Schools Forest Service web-site at: goo.gl/vnc3So.

Details: Ray Porter, district ranger, High Sierra Ranger District, (559) 855-5355, ext. 3340, Julie Roberts, partnership liaison specialist, (559) 297-0706, ext. 4878, or visit fs.usda.gov/sierra.

Sierra National Forest

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