EDC Committee

Duties of the Committee

Generally, the committee’s role is to review and recommend projects and funding to the Forest Supervisor. The Forest Supervisor is responsible for considering the committee’s recommendations in the context of the forest land management plan and the laws and regulations that govern Forest Service activities and to approve the project if appropriate. The committee’s duties are to:

  • review projects proposed under title II by participating counties, tribal governments, organizations and individuals;
  • make recommendations to the Forest Supervisor acting for the Secretary of Agriculture about projects and funding in accordance with section 203 of the Act;
  • provide early and continuous coordination with appropriate land management agency officials in recommending projects consistent with purposes of this Act under title II;
  • provide frequent opportunities for citizens, organizations, tribes, land management agencies, and other interested parties to participate openly and meaningfully, beginning at the early stages of the project development process under title II;
  • monitor projects that have been approved by the Forest Supervisor; and advise the designated Federal official on the progress of the monitoring; and,
  • make recommendations to the Forest Supervisor for any appropriate changes or adjustments to the projects being monitored by the resource advisory committee.

Governing Documents

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Composition of the Committee

Each RAC shall have 15 members with balanced and broad representation of interests in 3 categories, specified in Section 205 (d)(2) of the Act:

  • Group A - 5 persons that...
    • (i)   represent organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups;
    • (ii)  represent developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;
    • (iii)  represent energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests;
    • (iv)  represent the commercial timber industry; or
    • (v)   hold Federal grazing or other land use permits, or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the committee is organized.
  • Group B - 5 persons that...
    • (i)    nationally recognized environmental organizations;
    • (ii)   regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations;
    • (iii)  dispersed recreational activities;
    • (iv)  archaeological and historical interests; or
    • (v)   nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.
  • Group C - 5 persons that...
    • (i)    hold State elected office (or a designee);
    • (ii)   hold county or local elected office;
    • (iii)  represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized;
    • (iv)  are school officials or teachers; or
    • (v)   represent the affected public at large.

Members shall reside within the State(s) in which the committee has jurisdiction and, to the extent practicable, provide local representation in each category.