Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Soliciting for Nominees

SALMON, Idaho – The Secure Rural Schools Act authorizes the use of Resource Advisory Committee (RACs) to provide recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands. Each RAC consists of 15 members, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, that serve four year terms representing varied interests and areas of expertise that work collaboratively to improve relationships among communities and national forest personnel. 

The Central Idaho RAC represents Lemhi, Custer, and Butte counties and includes the Salmon-Challis, Caribou-Targhee, and Sawtooth National Forests. To the extent practical, the membership should reside in the vicinity of the National Forest for which the committee provides advice.

Several Central Idaho RAC member’s terms have expired; therefore the RAC is seeking to fill these vacant positions. “The committee’s role is to review and recommend projects and funding to the Forest Service.  In my role as the Designated Federal Official, I am 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,” said Chuck Mark, Designated Federal Official (DFO).  If no new members are appointed the RAC will not be able to recommend funding distribution for selected projects.

At this time, the Central Idaho RAC is soliciting for nominees for Categories A, B, and C.  In addition, a replacement member vacancy in Category B will be filled.  USDA requires two applicant’s per position.

Committee members are representatives of diverse interests in the three categories listed below. 

Category A: 

  • Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
  • Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;
  • Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests
  • Commercial timber industry
  • Federal grazing or other land use permit holders or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the RAC is organized

 Category B: 

  • Nationally recognized environmental organizations
  • Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
  • Dispersed recreational activities
  • Archaeological and historical interests
  • Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations

 Category C: 

  • Hold state elected office or their designee
  • Hold county or local elected office
  • Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized
  • Are school officials or teachers
  • Represent the affected public at large.

Interested nominees can submit a completed AD-755 form to any Salmon-Challis National Forest office with attention to Amy Baumer, or email it to abaumer@fs.fed.us.

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 Office performs a background check on nominees, based on information provided on the AD-755.  After nominees are cleared through the background check, the Secretary reviews the nominations and makes a selection of members.  Newly appointed members receive a letter from the Secretary and a certificate of appointment.  The process of nominating, reviewing, and selecting members may take two months or more. 

ADDITIONAL KEY INFORMATION:  For additional information on the process visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs.   The AD-755 form can be found at http://bit.ly/2sytqtk .