Resource Advisory Committees

The Pacific Southwest Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC) is a citizen's Federal Advisory Committee that provides recommendations on creating new or changing existing recreation fees managed by the Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Region. Pacific Southwest Region RRAC is comprised of 11 members as authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), which was signed in to law in December of 2004. Recommendations from the Pacific Southwest Region RRAC are combined with other public notification and communication efforts to help the Forest Service make sound decisions regarding recreation fees.

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)

Section 4 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act authorizes the Recreation RAC.

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.

Dates of Future Meetings

  • No meetings are planned

Recreation RAC Members

No members are appointed at this time. The Pacific Southwest Region is in the process of reviewing applicants in order to select nominees to be vetted and approved by USDA. They anticipate a meeting with all new members in 2021.