Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Applicants Sought for National Forest Resource Advisory Committee

Applicants Sought for National Forest Resource Advisory Committee

February 12, 2013—Candidates for membership are needed for the Kenai Peninsula-Anchorage Borough Resource Advisory Committee advising the Chugach National Forest under the recently reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 112-141).  The committee is chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and consists of 15 members and 3 alternates each representing a wide array of interests.  The committee has the following vacancies for members to represent the following interests:

Kenai Peninsula-Anchorage Borough Resource Advisory Committee (KPAB RAC)
  • Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
  • Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation
  • Commercial timber industry
  • Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Organization
  • Category A, B, and C replacements

Committee members review and make recommendations concerning project proposals on or benefiting the national forest to be funded under Title II of the Act.  In 2012, the committee made recommendations concerning projects in the Anchorage Borough, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough., Alaska with an estimated total value of $129,000. 

Individuals may nominate themselves or others, but the nominees must live within the State of Alaska.  The application form and additional information can be obtained from:
KPAB RAC - April Sanders, (907) 754-2313, amsanders@fs.fed.us
Or online at: https://fsplaces.fs.fed.us/fsfiles/unit/wo/secure_rural_schools.nsf/Web_Documents/9F0710BEAFA405E888256CDE007487A9?OpenDocument

Nominations and applications are due by February 28, 2013, and should be sent to KPAB RAC Coordinator, April Sanders, PO Box 129, Girdwood, AK  99587

Committee members serve without compensation, but they may be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses to the meeting location.  Meetings are typically held 1 or 2 times per year.     
Equal opportunity practices in accordance with United States Department of Agriculture policies shall be followed in all appointments to the committee.  To help ensure that the recommendations of the committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent women, men, racial and ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities.

The USDA prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

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