USFS/Missoula County Forming Resource Advisory Council (RAC)

by jhwygirl

Funded with monies from Secure Rurals Schools and Community Self Determination Act, Missoula County and the USFS are forming a RAC to make recommendations on projects that would benefit the National Forest lands withing Missoula County.

The RAC will consist of 15 members, unpaid volunteers, with a variety of backgrounds. The 118 will be chosen from 3 different categories (5 from each category, along with one alternate):

Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities
Energy and mineral development or commercial or recreational fishing interests
Commercial timber industry
Federal grazing or other land use permit holders, or non-industrial private forest land owners

Nationally recognized environmental organizations
Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
Dispersed recreation activities
Archaeological and historical interests
Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro groups, wildlife or hunting organizations or watershed organizations

State-elected office holders or their designee
County or local elected office holders
American Indian tribal representatives from tribes within or adjacent to RAC area
School officials or teachers
Citizens representing the affected public at large

Interested persons can get an application here (the RAC application form is located under the heading, Title II, in the upper left-hand section of the web page) or they can contact Bob Reid at the Missoula Office of Emergency Services at 258-4758 or Boyd Hartwig, Public Affairs Specialist for the Lolo National Forest, at 329-1024.

Try as I may, I can not find a link on the Missoula County website for this important notification. Not on the Board of County Commissioners page, not on the Department of Emergency Services page. If anyone finds anything – or if they add one – it’d be nice for someone to point me to it.


  1. Matthew Koehler

    J: The link you have here doesn’t work. I saw this first over the weekend on the Clark Fork Chronicle site and that link doesn’t work either.

    I haven’t heard anything else about this, and quite frankly, I’m surprised that Missoula County didn’t already have a RAC formed, as these originally came out of the Secure Rural Schools Act of 2000 (which was recently re-authorized). Thanks for sharing this info and if you find the correct link, please re-post…and I’ll do the same.

  2. ladybug

    Here’s an obvious place where taxdollars could be put to better use.




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