US FOREST SERVICE NEEDS HELP WITH RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Release Date: Jan 30, 2014  

Contact(s): Mary Morrison


 

(Columbia, S.C.) –  The U.S. Forest Service needs volunteers from across the state to fill vacancies on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests’ Resource Advisory Committee (FMS RAC). The FMS RAC oversees spending of Title II funds under the Secure Rural Schools Act in Berkeley, Newberry or Union counties. The FMS RAC works closely with the U.S. Forest Service and county officials to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintain roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.

“I cannot emphasize enough the important work that the FMS RAC does for the local communities that surround our national forests,” said Rick Lint, forest supervisor for the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests. “The time commitment for each RAC member is small, but the impacts can be great and extremely rewarding.”

Nominees are needed for the following categories:

Category A

  • Organized labor or non-timber forest products harvester;
  • Replacement (can be outdoor recreation, energy and mineral development, fishing group, commercial timber industry, non-timber forest products harvester);
  • Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users or commercial recreation activities; or
  • Commercial timber industry.

Category B

  • Archaeological and historical interest;
  • Replacement (historic interest, environmental group, dispersed recreation group, wildlife group, hunting group or watershed association);
  • Nationally recognized environmental organization; or
  • Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro interest, wildlife or hunting organization, or watershed association. 

Category C

  • Replacement (state-elected official or designee, county or local elected official or designee, public at large, school official or teacher, American Indian tribe);
  • Hold state-elected office; or
  • American Indian tribe(s).

 “This is a really great opportunity for people to be involved in the management of the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests,” said Lint. “We’re hoping to get a diverse group of nominees to send to the Secretary of Agriculture for his review.” 

FMS RAC members review project proposals and recommend funding levels for them. Title II funds range from $100,000 to $150,000 per year. Past projects have included road maintenance and improvements, horse trail improvements and prescribed burning. The FMS RAC generally meets once a year in Columbia, S.C. to develop funding recommendations. 

Applicants must be South Carolina residents and will undergo a background check as part of nomination process. The application form AD-755 is available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/scnfs/AD755 and must include, at a minimum, the following information: 

  • Name;
  • Address;
  • Social Security number;
  • Date of birth;
  • Phone number; and
  • Sign and date the application. 

Interested candidates must submit their application by Feb. 28, 2014 to:

Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests\
ATTN: FMS RAC
4931 Broad River Road
Columbia, S.C. 29212. 
 

For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnfs/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.

 

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