Forest Service Seeking New Members for County Resource Advisory Committee

By Beacon Staff

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking new members to serve on the committee in charge of reviewing and recommending projects on national forest lands in Flathead County.

There are seven seats and three alternate seats open on the Flathead County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Applications must be submitted to the Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office by March 31. Applications are available at the supervisor’s office at 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, or by calling 758-5252.

The Resource Advisory Committee consists of 15 members, each appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for a four-year term. Members serve without compensation. Of the 15 members, five members represent each of three categories established by Congress. There are also three alternate or replacement members for each category.

The categories include:

Category A — Organized labor, non-timber forest product harvester group, developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use or commercial recreation, energy and mineral development, commercial or recreational fishing, commercial timber, and federal grazing permittee or other land-use permittee or non-industrial private forest land owner.

Category B — Nationally, regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreation, archaeology and history, nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro interests and wildlife or hunting organizations or watershed associations.

Category C — State, county or local elected officials, American Indian Tribes, school officials or teachers and the public-at-large.

The Flathead County RAC was chartered in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is authorized with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 and the reauthorization in October 2012.

For more information about the RAC, contact Wade Muehlhof, Public Affairs Officer with the Flathead National Forest, at [email protected] or 758-5252.