Colville, WA-(October 16, 2015) The Colville Resource Advisory Committee is seeking nominees to serve on a 15-member Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). The committee’s duties include recommending projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on or adjacent to the Colville National Forest.
RAC committee members are officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of 2 years and do not receive compensation. The time commitment necessary to carry out the committee responsibilities is typically several full-day meetings each year. Members must reside within the Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille County to the extent practicable.
The Colville RAC is currently seeking members who could represent the following vacant interests:
- Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized
- Federal grazing permit holders or land use permit holders within the RAC area
- Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation
- Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro groups
- Wildlife or hunting organizations
- Watershed Associations
The Colville RAC has a proven track record in improving collaborative relationships, working across a wide variety of interests to successfully propose projects and associated funding for improvements that benefit the residents of northeast Washington, as well as those who come to visit the Colville National Forest. Past projects include; noxious weed control, road realignment, trail construction and improvement and the restoration of fish passage to restore native species.
Nominees will be evaluated based on their training and experience working with the interest they represent, their demonstrated commitment to collaborative decision-making, and their contribution to the balance and diversity of the RAC. Equal opportunity practices, in line with U.S. Department of Agriculture policies, shall be followed in all membership appointments to the committee. Membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women and persons with disabilities to ensure the recommendations of the committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the Department.
RACs are authorized under Section 205 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (Public Law 106-393).
If you are interested in serving on the Colville RAC, or would like more information about the responsibilities of the RAC, please contact Franklin Pemberton, Colville RAC Coordinator at (509) 684-7000, or by email at: email@example.com. Nominations are being accepted until all positions are filled.