The North Central Idaho RAC represents Idaho, Clearwater and Latah counties and includes the Nez Perce, Clearwater, Payette, Salmon-Challis, St. Joe, Wallowa-Whitman, and Bitterroot national forests.
Each RAC consists of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Committee members are representatives of many interests in three categories. The North Central Idaho RAC is soliciting for nominees for Category B, which may include 5 persons that represent:
· 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
Currently, the RAC’s Category B includes 3 members that represent Dispersed Recreational Activities, and 1 member that represents a Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Organization. Therefore, the RAC is particularly seeking nominees that represent wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations. There are also 3 Replacement Member vacancies in Category A, B, and C to be filled. USDA requires two applicants per position.
Each nominee is required to submit a form AD-755 to the appropriate local Forest Service official such as the RAC Designated Federal Official (DFO), RAC coordinator, Forest Supervisor or District Ranger. The DFO will assemble a list of nominees using the RAC nomination and selection form.
Forest Supervisors forward a slate of nominees with recommendations for appointments through the Chief to the Secretary. These recommendations 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 current natural resource issues.
The Secretary’s office performs a background check on nominees, based on information provided on the AD-755. After nominees are cleared through the background check, the Secretary reviews the nominations and makes the selection of members. Newly appointed members receive a letter from the Secretary and a certificate of appointment. The process of nominating, reviewing and selecting members may take a few months or more.
For a more detailed description of the member appointment process and recruitment form, please see: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs. For additional questions, please contact Laura Smith, Designated Federal Official, North Central Idaho RAC, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, Idaho 83530, call: (208) 983-5143or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.