The Northeast Oregon Forests RAC has a proven track record of improving collaborative relationships. The group works across a wide variety of interests to propose projects and associated funding for improvements that benefit the residents of northeast Oregon, as well as those who come to visit the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. Past projects include; noxious weed control, trail construction, thinning and improvement of fish passage to restore native species. Many of these projects are accomplished by employing youth crews.
RAC committee members will be officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of 2 years; shall not receive compensation; and must be able to commit the time necessary to carry out the committee responsibilities of one or two full-day meetings each year. Travel and per diem will be paid to compensate for expenses associated with attending meetings. To the extent possible, members should reside within the Baker, Crook, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler and Grant County.
New advisory committee members must represent a wide variety of interests. These committees are to be balanced and diverse with equal representation from industry, environmental groups, recreation groups, elected officials, and local residents. Specifically, the composition of each RAC is to be balanced according to the following three interest categories identified in P.L.106-393. Current vacancies on the Northeast Oregon Forests RAC exist in all three categories.
Category A: Represents one or more of the following interests:
- Organized labor or non-timber forest products harvester group
- Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation
- Energy and mineral development
- Commercial timber industry
- Federal grazing permit holders or land use permit holders within the RAC area
Category B: Represents one or more of the following interests:
- Nationally recognized environmental organizations
- Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
- Dispersed recreation activities
- Archaeological and historical interests
- Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro groups
Category C: Represents one or more of the following interests:
- State-elected office holders or their designee
- County or local elected office holders
- American Indian tribal representatives from tribes within or adjacent to RAC areas
- School officials or teachers
- Citizens representing the affected public at large
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. Nominations will be accepted until all positions are filled.
If you are interested in serving on the Northeast Oregon Forests RAC, or would like more information about the responsibilities of the RAC, please contact any of the following individuals:
Jeff Tomac, Northeast Oregon Forests RAC Coordinator (541) 523-1301or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlene Blumton, Wallowa-Whitman NF RAC Coordinator (541) 962-8522 or by email at: email@example.com
Susan Garner, Malheur NF RAC Coordinator (541) 575-3039 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Reid, Umatilla NF RAC Coordinator (541) 427-5316 or by email at: email@example.com