Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee Call for Nominations

Release Date: Jun 27, 2019

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-443-8130

The USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Regional Forester is seeking nominations for the Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) pursuant to Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and Federal Advisory Committee Act.


The legislation requires the Forest Service, working with the counties, to establish a RAC made up of a diverse 15-member group of citizens with a formal charter. Members of a RAC must reside within the State in which the committee has jurisdiction and, to the extent possible, ensure local representation in each category included. RAC members serve 4-year terms without pay but may elect to be reimbursed for travel expenses.


The Yavapai RAC is seeking to fill six members.  Two members from each category listed below.  The time commitment to serve on the RAC would involve one or two half day meetings per year held in Prescott, AZ and approximately one day on your own to review projects. 


Nominations are being sought for the purpose of improving collaborative relationships among people who use and care for National Forests and provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The duties of the Yavapai RAC include reviewing and recommending proposed forest management projects in accordance with the Act.  


Title II funds may be used for road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvement; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; re-establishment of native species; road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; and restoration of streams and watersheds.


The RAC membership shall include representation from the following interest areas:


(1) Five persons who represent:

(a) Organized Labor or Non-Timber Forest Product Harvester Groups,

(b) Developed Outdoor Recreation, Off-Highway Vehicle Users, or Commercial Recreation Activities,

(c) Energy and Mineral Development, or Commercial or Recreational Fishing Groups,

(d) Commercial Timber Industry, and

(e) Federal Grazing Permit or Other Land Use Permit Holders, or Representative of Non-Industrial Private Forest Land Owners, within the area for which the committee is organized.


(2) Five persons who represent:

(a) Nationally or Regionally Recognized Environmental Organizations,

(b) Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Organizations,

(c) Dispersed Recreational Activities,

(d) Archaeology and History, and

(e) Nationally or Regionally Recognized Wild Horse and Burro Interest, Wildlife Hunting Organizations, or Watershed Associations.


(3) Five persons who represent:

(a) Hold State-Elected Office,

(b) Hold County- or Local-Elected Office,

(c) American Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized,

(d) Area School Officials or Teachers, and

(e) Affected Public at Large.


In accordance with the Act, members of the RAC shall serve without compensation. RAC members may be allowed travel expenses and per diem for attendance at committee meetings, subject to approval of the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) responsible for administrative support to the RAC.


Nomination and Application Information:


The appointment of members to the Yavapai RAC will be made by the Southwestern Regional Forester. The public is invited to submit nominations for membership on the RAC, either as a self-nomination or a nomination of any qualified and interested person. Any individual or organization may nominate one or more qualified persons to represent the interest areas listed above. To be considered for membership, nominees must:


  1. Be a resident of the State of Arizona,


  1. Identify what interest group they will represent & how they’re qualified to represent that interest group,


  1. Provide a cover letter stating why they wish to serve on the Yavapai RAC & what they can contribute,


  1. Provide a resume showing their past experience in working successfully as part of a group working on forest management activities,


  1. Complete Form AD-755, Advisory Committee or Research & Promotion Background Information. The Form AD-755 may be obtained from contact person listed below or from following Secure Rural Schools RAC Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/​main/​pts/​specialprojects/​racs. All nominations will be vetted by the Agency.


Written nominations must be received by July 21, 2019. Nominations must contain a completed application packet including nominee's name, resume, & completed Form AD-755 (Advisory Committee or Research & Promotion Background Information). The nomination package must be sent to: Debbie Maneely, Yavapai RAC Coordinator, Prescott National Forest, 2971 Willow Creek Road BLDG 4, Prescott, AZ 86301. For additional information, please contact: Debbie Maneely at (928) 443-8130 or Debbie.maneely@usda.gov.