Citizens Sought for Dixie National Forest Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

Release Date: Mar 17, 2009  

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Citizens Sought for Dixie National Forest Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)


United States
Department of
Forest Service

Dixie National Forest
1789 Wedgewood Lane
Cedar City, UT 84720

For More Information:

Kenton Call


DATE: March 17, 2009



CEDAR CITY, Utah. The U.S. Forest Service is seeking interested people for the Dixie Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Application forms (hard copy only) must be received at the Dixie National Forest office, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009. The Application form is a pdf document that can be completed on your computer and printed.

“Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination RACs create an opportunity for the Forest Service to work directly with local community members on forest management,” said Rob MacWhorter, Dixie National Forest Supervisor. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the RAC on some exciting projects. I hope that we get many qualified and enthusiastic people to submit applications to participate.”

The RAC will consist of 15 members representing a wide range of interests. The committee’s duties include reviewing proposed land management projects on or adjacent to the Dixie National Forest. The committee recommends which projects to fund and is responsible for coordinating with land management agencies and county officials. Projects may be located in Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington, and Wayne counties.

The four-year membership term would begin upon appointment by the Secretary of Agriculture. Committee members serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses. Members must be Utah residents, preferably living in Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington, and Wayne counties. Meetings are held at least once (and likely several times) during the year.

The 15 members of the Dixie RAC will be split equally between three categories. (There will also be a non-voting replacement member in each category. Replacements attend all meetings and are prepared to fill in a permanent position if the occasion requires.) The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will make the appointments to the RAC based on the applications received, striving to appoint a diverse membership. Special attention will be given to those who have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with others of different viewpoints.

Category A:

* Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
* Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle, commercial recreation
* Energy and mineral development
* Commercial or recreational fishing
* Commercial timber industry
* Federal grazing permit holders or land use permit holders within the RAC area

Category B:

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

Category C:

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

The Forest Service is also looking to fill one replacement member position each for all three categories. Replacement members attend meetings with the 15 RAC members, ready to fill in a permanent vacant position upon approval by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Citizens interested in applying for RAC membership are encouraged to retrieve an application form (AD 755) on-line at or from any local Forest Service office.

Applications must be received at the Dixie National Forest, ATTN: Gretchen Merrill-RAC, 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, Utah 84721, 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2009.