Resource Advisory Committees

The Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is a citizen's advisory committee that makes recommendations on creating new or changing existing recreation fees managed by the Forest Service in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the territory of Puerto Rico.

The Southern Region Recreation RAC is authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which was signed into law in December 2004. More information, including the Recreation RAC's charter and how to apply to a Recreation RAC in the future, can be found on the National Recreation RAC web page.

Advice and recommendations from the Southern Region Recreation RAC is combined with other public notification and communication efforts to help the Forest Service make sound decisions regarding recreation fees.

Learn more about RAC by reading this document.

Recreation RAC Membership

Forest Service established Recreation RACs consist of 11 members who represent the following interests as indicated in the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Currently, the Southern Region does not have a functioning Committee.  Memberships expired on March 14, 2014, and a new Committee has not yet been approved.  

Category 1 - Five people who represent recreation users and that include, as appropriate, camping, wildlife viewing/visiting interpretive sites, motorized recreation, non-motorized recreation, hunting and fishing.
Category 2 - Three people who represent, as appropriate, two outfitters and guides (two members) and local environmental groups.
Category 3 - Three people who are: (1) a state tourism official representing the state, (2) a representative of affected Indian Tribes, and (3) a representative of affected local government interests.

Recreation RAC Meetings

The Southern Region Recreation RAC is a Federal Advisory Committee. All meetings are open to the public.

Meeting information, including meeting announcements, minutes, project proposals and recommendations, will be made available as soon as the documents are produced. Check this site before and after each meeting to stay informed on the work of the Southern Region Recreation RAC or to provide comments.


Previous RRAC Meetings:

Date: February 26-27, 2014
Location: Decatur GA

Date: April 10, 2012
Location: Online via teleconference

Date: September 25, 2008
Location: Harrisonburg, VA

Date: February 20, 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA

Date: September 26-27, 2007
Location: Fletcher, NC (Asheville area)

Date: April 9-11, 2007
Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Southern RRAC by email