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Resource Advisory Committees

The Eastern 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 Eastern Region. Eastern Region RRAC is comprised of 11 members as authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which was signed in to law in December of 2004. Recommendations from the Eastern Region RRAC are combined with other public notification and communication efforts to help the Forest Service make sound decisions regarding recreation fees.

Dates of Future Meetings

  • April 19-20, 2018 - Baltimore, MD - Notes
  • March 7-8, 2019 - Milwaukee, WI

Recreation RAC Seeking Members

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteer committee members to advise the agency on recreation fee changes at national forest sites throughout the northeastern United States. Vacancies exist for seven members and six “back-up” replacement positions on the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. Committee members provide recommendations on new or changing recreation site fees for national forests and grasslands in 13 northeastern states. Committee members receive travel and per diem expenses for regularly scheduled meetings, but do not receive pay or other compensation.

 Nominated committee members must represent one of the following interests:

  • Summer Motorized Recreation - Member and replacement

  • Winter Non-Motorized Recreation - Member

  • Hunting and Fishing - Member and replacement

  • Non- Motorized Outfitters and Guides - Member and replacement

  • State Tourism - Member and replacement

  • Local Government - Member and replacement

  • Indian Tribes - Member and replacement

 Members will be appointed for three-year terms based on the following criteria:

  • Qualifications to represent the desired interest group

  • Rationale for committee service and desired contributions

  • Experience working successfully as part of a collaborative group

 Nominees’ demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women and persons with disabilities will also be considered in membership selections. U.S. Department of Agriculture policies regarding equal opportunity will be followed.

The committee’s jurisdiction includes national forests in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Recreation use fees have been in place for many years and are charged at many recreation sites such as campgrounds, trailheads, day-use areas and boat ramps. Ninety-five percent of fees collected at these sites are returned to the local national forest or grassland to maintain and enhance the recreation sites.

Interested individuals must complete an application and provide background information supporting their qualifications to represent at least one of the identified interest groups. Applications are available at HERE. Completed applications are due by January 18, 2019 and must be mailed to: USFS Region 9- Recreation RAC Nomination Attn: Jennifer Wright, 231 North Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701.

For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r9/recreation/racs, or contact Joanna Wilson at 801-423-7724, jwilson08@fs.fed.us.The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.




Region 9 Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (April 19-20, 2018)

The Recreation Resource Advisory Committee will be holding a meeting on April 19-20, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Baltimore Inner Harbor, 101 S. President Street, Baltimore, MD.  Enclosed is the agenda & notes for this meeting.