The application deadline has been extended until September 24, 2012. Applications can be obtained from the national forest’s headquarters in Wenatchee, its Okanogan Valley Office or online at http://go.usa.gov/faR .
“This committee has helped Central Washington federal land managers address complex natural resource issues for 17 years,” said Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor Becki Heath. “Extending the deadline helps ensure a diverse candidate pool. It’s important to get a broad range of interests at the table.”
Provincial Advisory Committee members represent counties, American Indian tribes, and federal and state agencies. They also represent public interests such as forest conservation, forest products, fisheries, wildlife, mining, grazing, commercial fishing, and recreation and tourism.
Advisory committee applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18-years-old. Criteria for selection include an applicant’s knowledge of local and regional resource issues as well as public land uses and activities, ability to communicate well, willingness to work toward mutually-beneficial solutions to complex issues, and credibility in local communities.
Applicants must also be willing to make a commitment to attend advisory committee meetings that are typically one-day sessions held in Wenatchee every two to three months. Field trips and alternate meeting locations may also be scheduled.
Advisory committee members serve without pay, but mileage expenses are reimbursed. A routine Advisory Committee Membership Background Information Form (AD-755), included in the application package, must also be completed before membership on a Department of Agriculture advisory committee can occur.
Those interested in serving on the Provincial Advisory Committee should submit an application by September 24 to Becki Heath, Designated Federal Official, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801. Faxed submissions may be sent to her attention at 509-664-9286. Letters of endorsement from groups or organizations may be included with applications.
Questions about the process may be directed to Roland Giller at 509-664-9314 or Robin DeMario at 509-664-9292. Those selected for advisory committee positions will be notified by mail. All advisory committee meetings are open to the public.