“We’re looking for people with the energy and commitment to work collaboratively with diverse interests on issues and projects that benefit resources on the Bitterroot National Forest” said Dan Ritter, Stevensville District Ranger.
Committee members serve a four-year term without compensation. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Forest Supervisor’s office in Hamilton. Prospective members are advised that membership on the RAC requires a substantial commitment of time and energy.
RAC membership is balanced and diverse with equal representation from industry, environmental groups, elected officials, and other local interests. The Secretary of Agriculture makes the final membership appointments to the RAC. Applicants will be evaluated on their education, training and experience working with the interest area they represent, their knowledge of the geographic area, and their contribution to the balance and diversity of the RAC.
Resource Advisory Committees were established in 2000 under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. In addition to approving projects, the RAC is dedicated to improving collaborative relationships. Since 2001, the RAC has approved more than $1.6 million in funding for projects that benefit National Forest system lands in Ravalli County.
Applications are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot or at any Bitterroot National Forest office. Applications must be signed and are due by January 15, 2013. For more information, contact Joni Lubke at (406) 363-7182.