Butte Resource Advisory Committee outreach extended

Release Date: Oct 6, 2016

OROVILLE, Calif., October 6, 2016 – Plumas National Forest (PNF) officials are extending recruitment efforts to fill several seats on an existing federal resource advisory committee (RAC) responsible for recommending selected projects on national forest land within Butte County. Applications are now due October 31, 2016.

“We need 3 seated committee members and 3 replacement members,” said PNF Supervisor Daniel Lovato. Applicants must represent 15 interests within 3 categories legislated by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (SRS). Seated committee members must include people representing dispersed recreation, a nationally recognized environmental organization and a local elected official. One replacement member must include a representative for the commercial timber industry (Category A) while the remaining 2 may represent one of 10 interest areas within Categories B & C (committee interests are listed within application materials).

Applicants must submit a cover letter, interest form and an FBI background check form to the Forest Service prior to being considered for the committee. Information about the Secure Rural Schools Act, RAC committee make-up & function, membership & project application materials may be found at: www.fs.usda.gov/plumas .

RACs were established as a provision of the SRS. The four-year term, 15-member committee is composed of a wide representation of national forest interests organized into the three categories. An additional 3 members are also appointed as replacements should a committee member leave for any reason.

RAC projects must occur on public land (with some exceptions) and have broad community-based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to, road, trail and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvements; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; hazardous fuels reduction; and reintroduction of native species. Project outreach is starting October 11 with completed project applications due January 13, 2017.

Early in 2017, the RAC will review projects to recommend for funding consideration by Supervisor Lovato. Approximately $106,000 is available for projects to be initiated by September 30, 2017 and funding obligated by September 30, 2018.

Contact Lee Anne Schramel, Plumas National Forest Public Affairs Officer & RAC Coordinator at (530) 283-7850 with questions.