Missoula Resource Advisory Committee to Meet June 15
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: June 6, 2023

Missoula, MT, June 5, 2023 —The Missoula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is scheduled to meet in-person and virtually on June 15 beginning at 2:45 p.m. The objectives of the meeting are to:

·       Approve meeting minutes and conduct regular business,

·       Hear project proposal presentations as needed,

·       Discuss, recommend, and approve projects for funding in 2023.

Recommended projects occur on or directly benefit National Forest System lands and receive funds that will make additional investments in meeting forest stewardship objectives, restoring and improving land health and water quality, or improving existing infrastructure.

Last year, the Missoula RAC made a recommendation to fund six projects improving trail management, road maintenance, avalanche education, restoring fish habitat, and increasing stewardship.

These meetings are open to public. Information on how to join the in-person or virtual meeting, or how to submit a written comment, is available by contacting Missoula RAC coordinator, Rachel Santospirito, at Rachel.santospirito@usda.gov  or by calling 406-329-1002. Members of the public wishing to speak or read their comment will be given a limited time frame to do so. A meeting agenda and meeting link will be available two weeks before the meeting at this website or available upon request.

Background Information on Resource Advisory Committees (RACs): RACs are comprised of volunteer citizens nominated and federally appointed to review and recommend projects proposed for Title II funds. The Committee members represent a cross-section of interests and expertise including outdoor recreation, wildlife, hunting, environmental organizations, forest industry, schools, and local government. Upon selection, committee members serve four-year terms. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress through 2022, was enacted to provide transitional assistance to rural counties. Counties receive federal funds based on calculations including the percentage of land in federal ownership, funds generated through multi-use activities such as timber harvest, grazing and special use permits, and per capita income.

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