Kernville, CA – The Sequoia National Forest, Kern and Tulare counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Sequoia National Forest and other nearby lands. The RAC will recommend projects for funding in Kern and Tulare counties, through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Since 2010, this program has given out $678,661 in federal funds to nonprofit groups, conservation districts, tribes and other agencies for projects in Kern and Tulare counties. Funds have supported projects such as fuels reduction on private land adjoining the forest, volunteer trail maintenance, and cleanup of the Tule and Kern Wild and Scenic Rivers. Project proposals may be submitted online at:

The Forest Service is also seeking citizens who are willing to volunteer as members of the RAC for a few days each year. The RAC provide recommendations on how federal dollars should be used in the two counties, and may also review proposed fee changes for recreation sites in the Sequoia National Forest. Fifteen members will be appointed by the Department of Agriculture to serve under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Forest Service is seeking nominees representing the diverse social, economic, and environmental interests of forest users. This is a unique opportunity to provide advice and recommendation on management of National Forest System lands in Kern or Tulare counties. Member terms are four years and RAC members must be a resident of the county for which they serve.

Applications to serve on the committee are available at The applications may be submitted to the Sequoia National Forest RAC Coordinator Penelope Shibley by email at, or mailed to 11380 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238. Additional information on the Secure Rural Schools program is available at or by contacting the Designated Federal Official, Alfred Watson, District Ranger at