Resource Advisory Committees

The Pacific Southwest Region is currently seeking applicants to serve on the Pacific Southwest Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (Recreation RAC). Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2019.

If you are interested in the future of Forest Service recreation opportunities in California, please consider submitting an application.

Recreation RAC Duties and Representatives

The purpose of the Pacific Southwest Recreation RAC is to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on changes to recreation fees on lands and waters managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Pacific Southwest Region. More specifically, this Recreation RAC will make recommendations on:

  • The implementation of a standard amenity recreation fee or an expanded amenity recreation fee or the establishment of a specific recreation fee site
  • The elimination of a standard amenity recreation fee or an expanded amenity recreation fee
  • The expansion or limitation of the recreation fee program
  • The implementation or elimination of noncommercial, individual special recreation permit fees
  • The implementation of fee-level changes (increases or decreases)

The Recreation RAC is authorized under Section 4 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA).

In accordance with REA, the Recreation RAC will consist of 11 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. These members shall provide a broad and balanced representation from the recreation community as follows:

A. Five persons who represent recreation users for -

  1. Winter motorized recreation such as snowmobiling
  2. Winter non-motorized recreation such as snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowboarding
  3. Summer motorized recreation such as motorcycling, boating, and off-highway vehicle driving
  4. Summer non-motorized recreation such as backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing, and rafting
  5. Hunting and fishing

B. Three persons who represent interest groups that include -

  1. Motorized outfitters and guides
  2. Non-motorized outfitters and guides
  3. Local environmental groups

C. Three persons (one each) who are a -

  1. State tourism official representing the State
  2. Representative of affected Indian tribe(s)
  3. Representative of affected local government interest(s)

Recreation RAC members are not paid; however, they will be reimbursed for expenses related to Recreation RAC meetings.

Application Specifics

All applicants must be United States citizens, at least 18 years old, and reside in the Pacific Southwest region. Applicants must fill out and submit an application form (AD-755) as well as provide written information on:

  • The interest group(s) you wish to represent, as required by REA
  • Why you want to serve on the committee and what you can contribute
  • Experience working successfully in collaboration with others

The following table shares examples of the types of activities that applicants may represent. Applicants should show that they represent organizations and/or that they provide services or products to visitors engaged in these activities.

Position Associated activities of interest include but are not limited to:
Summer Motorized Motor biking, ATVs, power boating, etc.
Summer Non-motorized Hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, sightseeing, bird watching, etc.
Winter Motorized Snowmobiling, snow bikes
Winter Non-motorized Cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, ice climbing, etc.
Hunting and Fishing Archery, rifle, fly casting, spin fishing, etc.
Environmental Groups National or regional environmental organizations.
Outfitter and Guides – Motorized National, regional and local outfitter and guiding associations related to off-highway riding, 4-wheeling, power boating, snowmobiling and other motorized sports.
Outfitter and Guides – Non-motorized National, regional and local outfitter and guiding associations related to non-motorized outdoor recreation such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
State Tourism Nominee must have affiliation with or be recommended by the California state tourism office.
Affected Indian Tribes Nominees must have affiliation with or be recommended by local Indian tribes.
Local Government County supervisors or commissioners, state representatives, mayors.

Equal opportunity practices in accordance with USDA policies will be followed in all appointments to the Recreation RAC. Membership will include to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent women, men, racial and ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities to help ensure the recommendations of the Recreation RAC have considered the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA.

Once candidates have been identified, names and background data will undergo a background check to determine if any of the candidates have a conflict of interest that would prohibit them from serving on the committee due to criminal or ethical violations.