Citizens Sought for Resource Advisory Committee

Wenatchee, WA —The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is looking for nominees to fill seven vacancies on its 15-member Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). 

“We have been very fortunate to have worked with wonderful RAC members over the years, we are now in a situation where some of their terms have expired leaving vacancies on the committee,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Erick Walker. “We hope to receive enough applications to fill these vacancies so the RAC can continue to help serve local communities through their work in selecting and recommending projects for funding.”

The RAC consists of members representing a wide array of interests. RAC members review proposed Secure Rural Schools Self-Determination Act Title II projects to benefit national forest lands in Chelan, Okanogan, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties and make recommendations for priorities for funding those projects. Committee members are sought who are committed to working collaboratively with other interests for the long-term benefit of national forest system lands. 

The seven vacancies are in positions representing:

  • Energy and mineral development or commercial or recreational fishing groups
  • Archaeological and historical interests
  • Commercial timber industry
  • Dispersed recreation activities
  • Affected public at large
  • Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
  • Nationally recognized wild horse and burro interest, wildlife interests, hunting organizations, or watershed associations

Membership on a RAC calls for a commitment of time and energy. Generally, there are three to four meetings held each year at the forest headquarters office in Wenatchee. Committee members serve a four-year term without compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses. In addition to a pre-meeting review of proposed projects, a project monitoring field trip may be scheduled during the summer or fall months in each county.

Members must reside within Washington State, and to the extent practicable within the RAC boundary. The geographic boundaries of the RACs are aligned with National Forest boundaries, and for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, they include lands within Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties.

To obtain an application packet or additional information, please contact Robin DeMario, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801, phone 509-664-9292.

Completed application packets should be submitted as soon as possible, preferably prior to December 18. “Once we have a pool of candidates, their names are sent to the Secretary of Agriculture to consider for appointment to the RAC,” Walker said.

RAC application forms may also be obtained from the forest’s RAC website.

Information about Secure Rural Schools Self-Determination Act is located on the Pacific Northwest Region Forest Service website

Nominees will be evaluated based on their education, training, and experience working with the interest area they represent, their knowledge of the geographic area covered by the RAC, their demonstrated commitment to collaborative resource decision-making and their contribution to the balance and diversity of the RAC. Letters of support from the interest to be represented are helpful, but are not required.

Outhouse on Cle Elum RD

Title II funding paid for the construction of a new outhouse installed on the Cle Elum Ranger District in 2017. Photo credit: USDA Forest Service


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