North Central Idaho RAC Soliciting for Nominees

Release Date: May 8, 2018  

The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Act authorizes the use of Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) to provide recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands. Each RAC consists of 15 people who serve four-year terms representing varied interests and areas of expertise who work collaboratively to improve relationships among communities and National Forest personnel.

The North Central Idaho RAC represents Idaho, Clearwater and Latah counties and includes the Nez Perce-Clearwater, and parts of the Payette, Salmon-Challis, St. Joe, Wallowa-Whitman, and Bitterroot National Forests. Members must reside within the State(s) in which the RAC is organized. To the extent practical, the membership should reside in the vicinity of the National Forest for which the committee provides advice.

There are currently 8 vacancies, and 2 more terms will expire in May of 2019. We are now soliciting for nominees to fill these positions. Positions marked with an asterisk (*) are currently or soon to be vacant and three per category are required to have a quorum.

Category A

  • Developed Outdoor Recreation, Off-Highway Vehicle Users, or Commercial Recreation Activities (Vacant)
  • *Federal Grazing Permits or Other Land Use Permit Holders, or Representative of Non-Industrial Private Forest Land Owners (term expires 2019)
  • Organized Labor or Non-Timber Forest Product Harvester Groups (filled)
  • Energy and Mineral Development or Commercial or Recreational Fishing Groups (filled)
  • Commercial Timber Industry (filled)

Category B

  • Nationally Recognized Environmental Organizations (Vacant)
  • Archaeology and History (Vacant)
  • Nationally or Regionally Recognized Wild Horse and Burro Interest, Wildlife or Hunting Organizations, or Watershed Associations (Vacant)
  • Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Organizations (filled)
  • Dispersed Recreational Activities (filled)

Category C

  • State-Elected Office (or designee) (Vacant)
  • *Affected Public-At-Large (term expires 2019)
  • County or Local-Elected Office (filled)
  • American Indian Tribes (filled)
  • Area School Officials or Teachers (filled)

There are also 3 Replacement Member vacancies in Category A, B, and C to be filled.  USDA requires two applicants per position. 

 

By May 18, 2018, each nominee must submit an AD-755 form to Kurt Steele, RAC Designated Federal Official (DFO), or Lisa Canaday, RAC coordinator or to a local Forest Service Office. The DFO will submit recommendations for appointments based on qualifications to represent the specific interest outlined in the Act, geographic representation across the area potentially affected by RAC advice, gender, ethnic diversity, persons with a disability, community support, consensus-building ability, dedication to serving the community's interests, and active participation in current natural resource issues.

The Secretary of Agriculture reviews and makes final RAC member selections. The process can take several months. More information on the process can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs

 

More Information: The AD-755 and application forms can be found on the Nez Perce-Clearwater website at:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/workingtogether/advisorycommittees

For additional questions, please contact Kurt Steele, Designated Federal Official, North Central Idaho RAC, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, 903 Third Street, Kamiah, Idaho 83536, call: (208) 935-4257 or email at:  ksteele@fs.fed.us; or Lisa Canaday at (208) 983-7004 or lcanaday@fs.fed.us.

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