The Forest Service is also seeking nominees to fill another nine positions on the 15-member Rogue-Umpqua RAC.
The Rogue-Umpqua RAC represents Lane, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath counties and includes the Umpqua and Rogue River-Siskiyou national forests. RAC members must reside in one of these four counties.
Duties include reviewing the progress of current Title II projects. RAC members may be asked to recommend projects for funding if the Secure Rural Schools Act is reauthorized and additional funding distributed to the USDA Forest Service. The positions are unpaid; however, travel costs will be covered by the agency.
The Secretary of Agriculture appoints members to the RAC. The members each represent an interest in one of three categories. The Rogue-Umpqua RAC is soliciting for nominees for all three categories.
Three positions are open in Category One, where candidates must represent one of the following interests:
• organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
• developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities
• energy and mineral development interests
• commercial or recreational fishing interests
• commercial timber industry
• Federal grazing or other land use permits, or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners
Three positions are open in Category Two, where candidates must represent one of the following:
• nationally recognized environmental organizations
• regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
• dispersed recreational activities
• archaeological and historical interests
• nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations
Four positions are open in Category Three, where candidates must represent one of the following:
• State elected office (or a designee)
• County or local elected office
• American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized
• school officials or teachers
• represent the affected public at large
Each nominee is required to submit a form AD-755 to Gina Owens, Umpqua Forest Supervisor, by June 28, 2013. Forms are available at any Forest Service office or on line at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umpqua/workingtogether/?cid=stelprdb5348352.
The Forest Service will forward a slate of nominees with recommendations for appointments to the Secretary of Agriculture. These recommendations will consider the advice of Forest Supervisors, tribal officials and county officials, and the following criteria: qualifications to represent the specific interest outlined in the Act, geographic representation across the area potentially affected by RAC advice, gender, ethnic diversity, persons with a disability, community support, consensus-building ability, dedication to serving the community's interests, and active participation in the current natural resource issues.
Newly appointed members receive a letter from the Secretary and a certificate of appointment. The process of nominating, reviewing and selecting members may take several months.
For a more information about the Rogue-Umpqua RAC, contact Cheryl Caplan, public affairs officer for the Umpqua National Forest, at 541-957-3270 or email@example.com