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The Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests are seeking volunteers to serve as members of the Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Applications are accepted year-round, but to be considered for next year, applications must be submitted by September 1st. Officials say RAC members can have a direct impact on where and how millions of federal dollars are spent over the next three years. The funds are meant for improvements to local infrastructure, creating local jobs, enhancing tourism opportunities, and restoring ecosystems - both in communities and on and off federal land. The committee typically holds one or two one-day meetings per year, and travel expenses may be reimbursed.

RACs are chartered under the Secure Rural Schools & Community Self Determination Act, which was recently extended for an additional three years by congress. The extension authorizes approximately $3 million in Title II payments.

The Hood-Willamette RAC consists of 9 to 15 members. Nominees must demonstrate the ability to effectively work in an environment with diverse interests and opinions. The Act encourages the representation of minorities, women, and people with disabilities on RACs. Prospective members must reside in Oregon, and preference will be given to those residing in counties under the jurisdiction of the Hood-Willamette RAC, including Lane, Wasco, Hood River, Clackamas, Multnomah, Marion, Linn, and Douglas counties.

For more information, go to:, contact RAC Coordinator Jennifer Sorensen at [email protected], or call (541) 510-1102. Learn more about the Secure Rural Schools Act at


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