HELP !! RAC Members Needed 4/24/13

 Additional Members Needed for Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee Application Deadline – May 3, 2013

Sierra County and the Forest Service are seeking additional nominees and replacement members for the 15-member Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) to recommend projects for funding to improve National Forest watersheds and facilities.  The committee’s duties include improving collaborative relationships and proposing projects with associated funding to benefit National Forest System land, especially those that tie to watershed restoration, road and facility maintenance, and forest health.  The Secure Rural Schools legislation was reauthorized in 2012 and it may be reauthorized again in 2013.  If it is reauthorized, new RAC members are needed.

Many of the existing RAC members plan on continuing on the RAC, however, some have exceeded their term limits and might not be reappointed.  The RACs are to be balanced and diverse with equal representation from industry, environmental groups, recreation groups, elected officials, and local residents.  New members may be needed to represent the following categories:

Category A – persons that

  • Represent organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester group
  • Represent developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users or commercial recreation activities
  • Represent energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests
  • Represent commercial timber industry
  • Hold federal grazing or other land use permits, or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the committee is organized 

Category B – persons that represent

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

Category C – persons that

  • Hold State elected office (or designee)
  • Hold county or local elected office
  • Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the committee area
  • Are school officials or teachers
  • Represent the affected public at large

RAC committee members will be officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of 4 years; shall not receive compensation; and must be able to commit the time necessary to carry out the committee responsibilities including one or two meetings each year.  Members must reside within the State of California and to the extent practicable, ensure local representation.

Nominees will be evaluated based on their training and experience working with the interest they represent, their knowledge of Sierra County, their demonstrated commitment to collaborative decision-making, and their contribution to the balance and diversity of the RAC.

If you are interested in serving on the RAC for Sierra County, please submit the following form or a letter addressing the above criteria to the Tahoe National Forest, 631 Coyote St. Nevada City, CA 95959, attn Ann Westling.  The letter should address your reason for wanting to be a member of the Sierra County RAC, which community interest category you would represent, an overview of your experience, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others of differing views.  Please be sure to include your address, phone number(s), fax and/or e-mail.  All nominated RAC members will need to file a background check form before being formally appointed to the committee. Ann Westling Tahoe National Forest Public Affairs Officer (530) 478-6205.

Application letters must be received by May 3, 2013.

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