Resource Advisory Committees

[BANNER IMAGE: Pacific Northwest Recreation Resource Advisory Committee with BLM and FS logos]


The Pacific Northwest (PNW) 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 and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon and Washington. The PNW Recreation RAC is authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which was signed into law in December, 2004.

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

More Information
  • More information, including the Recreation Resource Advisory Committee charter and how to apply to a Recreation RAC in the future, can be found on the National Recreation RAC web page.

  • The Recreation RAC has also developed a set of by-laws (188 KB PDF) to detail operating procedures.

  • Meeting information, including meeting announcements, agendas, minutes, public comment opportunities, project proposals and recommendations, will be made available as soon as the documents are produced. View Meeting information here.

Resource Advisory Committee Members and Officials

The Designated Federal Official (DFO) manages the committee.

Duties: Calls or approves the call of a meeting; attends meetings; approves the agenda; may serve as chair in absence of chairperson; adjourns the meetings when it is in the public interest.

See "Key Contacts" to the right  of this page for current Designated Federal Officials for the PNW RAC.

The PNW Recreation RAC members include representatives in three categories:
  • Category 1 - Five people who represent recreation users and that include, as appropriate, winter motorized recreation, winter non-motorized recreation, summer motorized recreation, summer non-motorized recreation, Hunting and Fishing.

  • Category 2 - Three people who represent, as appropriate, motorized outfitters and guides, non-motorized outfitters and guides, local environmental groups.

  • Category 3 - Three people who are, state tourism official representing the state, a representative of affected Indian Tribes, a representative of affected local government interests.

Member Vacancies:
  • All positions are currently vacant on the PNW Recreation RAC.

Key Dates for Recreation Resource Advisory Committees:

Year
Month/Day
Activity Completed/Required

2004

December

Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) Passed. 10-year authorization for recreation fees and gives authority to establish RACs.

2006

October

National Recreation RACs Chartered

2007

February

PNW Recreation RAC Members Appointed

2008

October

New National Recreation RACs Charter Required

Begin Process April 2008

2009

February

2-year Membership Complete. Members need to reapply or new members need to be appointed for 3 year term.

Begin Member Solicitation August 2008

2010

February

3-year Membership Complete. Members need to reapply or new members need to be appointed for 3 year term.

Begin Member Solicitation August 2009

2010

October

New National Recreation RACs Charter Required

Begin Process April 2010

2012

February

About 1/2 of members' terms complete. Need to reapply (those who haven't already served 2 terms) or new members need to be appointed for 3 year term.

Begin Member Solicitation August 2012

2012

October

New National Recreation RACs Charter Required

Begin Process April 2012

2013

February

About 1/2 of members' terms complete. Need to reapply (those who haven't already served 2 terms) or new members need to be appointed for 3 year term or until cessation of REA (December 2015)

Begin Member Solicitation August 2013

2014

October

New National Recreation RACs Charter Required

Begin Process April 2014

2014

December

New Legislation or Extension of REA Required

 

Key Contacts

The Designated Federal Official (DFO) manages the Resource Advisory committee.

Dan Harkenrider, Hood River, OR
Forest Service - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Manager

Abbie Jossie, Grants Pass, OR (ex officio BLM official)
Bureau of Land Management - Grants Pass Resource Area Manager