Application deadline extended for Nevada and Placer counties Resource Advisory Committee |

Application deadline extended for Nevada and Placer counties Resource Advisory Committee

The Tahoe National Forest has extended the application period to Oct. 31, for nominees for a 15-member Resource Advisory Committee to recommend projects and funding to improve National Forest watersheds and facilities in Nevada and Placer counties.

Under Public Law 110-343, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Program, which establishes Resource Advisory Committees, was reauthorized. The committee’s duties include proposing projects for funding which benefit National Forest System lands, especially those that improve collaborative relationships and assist with watershed restoration, road and facility maintenance and forest health.

RAC committee members will be officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of four years, shall not receive compensation, and must be able to commit to the time necessary, which includes several meetings each year to carry out the committee responsibilities. Members must reside within the State of California, be knowledgeable about natural resource issues in Nevada and Placer counties, and be willing to complete a form for a background check.

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, as identified in the act, will be balanced according to three interest categories:

Category A: 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; or commercial or recreational fishing interests; commercial timber industry; or hold federal grazing or other land use permits, or represent non-industrial private forest land.

Category B: Nationally recognized environmental organizations; regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activities; archaeological and historical interests; or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.

Category C: Hold State elected office (or a designee); hold county or local elected office; represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized; are school officials or teachers; or represent the affected public at large.

Nominees will be evaluated based on their training and experience in the interest they represent as it relates to Nevada and Placer counties, their demonstrated commitment to collaborative decision-making, and their contribution to the balance and diversity of the RAC.

If you are interested in serving on the Nevada/Placer County RAC, please submit a letter, or the form following this letter, and using the criteria listed above, state which category you qualify, to either Joanne Roubique, Truckee Ranger District, Tahoe National Forest, 10811 Stockrest Springs Road, Truckee, CA 96161, or; or to Debra-Ann Brabazon, Acting Public Affairs Officer, Tahoe National Forest, 631 Coyote St., Nevada City, CA 95959 or

The letter and/or form should have your original signature in ink, state your reason for wanting to be a member of the Joint Nevada/Placer County RAC, and state which community interest category you represent. Please also give us an overview of your experience and demonstrate your ability to work collaboratively with people of differing views. Please be sure to include your address, phone, fax and/or email.

For more information about the responsibilities of the RAC, contact: Joanne Roubique, District Ranger, Truckee Ranger District, Tahoe National Forest, (530) 478-6205; or Debra-Ann Brabazon, Acting Public Affairs Officer, Supervisor’s Office, Tahoe National Forest, (530) 478-6805.

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