Forest Service hosts Resource Advisory Committee
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On Aug. 12, the USDA Forest Service will host a meeting of the federally designated Cherokee Resource Advisory Committee for Secure Rural Schools.

The public is invited to attend the meeting to be held Aug. 12 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at McGhee Tyson Airport — Airfield Maintenance Operations Center 2950 Airfield Service Drive, Alcoa, Tennessee 37701.

A Secure Rural Schools RAC provides recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, Public Law 110-343.

Tennessee’s RAC consists of 15 people selected to serve on the committee by the Secretary of Agriculture. Members are from throughout the state and represent varied interests and areas of expertise.

They work collaboratively to improve working relationships among community members and national forest managers.

Ten East Tennessee counties receive a Secure Rural Schools payment annually for having National Forest lands within their boundaries.

Certain counties in East Tennessee are setting aside a percentage of the payment (Title II) for special projects. The RAC reviews and recommends projects to be funded from this money.

Projects approved must benefit National Forest lands. Projects can maintain infrastructure, improve the health of watersheds and ecosystems, protect communities, and strengthen local economies.

The Aug. 12 meeting will focus on reviewing the progress of approved Title II projects for FY13and begin discussing possible future projects.

A period of time will be allocated for public participants to provide input and recommendations.

If you plan to attend please contact Terry McDonald, Public Affairs Staff Officer, at 423-476-9729.