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USFS seeks volunteers for resource advisory committee

 
September 6, 2022

 The U.S. Forest Service is recruiting up to 10 volunteers in north Idaho to serve on a resource advisory committee (RAC) that will help make recommendations for funding natural resource projects to benefit federal public lands. Interested applicants will need to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by September 30.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their training and experience in the interest group they represent, their demonstrated commitment to collaborative decision making, and their contribution to the balance and diversity of the RAC.

Members of the Idaho Panhandle Resource Advisory Committee will participate in collaborative decision making and distribution of Title II funding under the Secure Rural Schools Act for projects on or adjacent to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The committee’s duties include reviewing and recommending projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities. Past projects include noxious weed control, road realignment, trail construction and improvement, timber sale preparation, and the restoration of fish passages to restore native species.

The Forest Service is seeking a diverse and representative committee that reflects a wide range of perspectives. The agency encourages applicants from all sex and gender identities, and from all racial, cultural and ethnic identities and backgrounds, including people with disabilities and people from historically underserved communities. Members must be a resident of Idaho and should reside within Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone or Benewah County to the extent practicable.

RAC committee members are officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of four years and must be able to commit to the committee responsibilities that include two to three full-day meetings each year, which may occur on weekdays or weekends.

More information and application materials can be found online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ipnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees. For more information, contact Resource Advisory Committee coordinator Ashley Nettles at ashley.nettles@usda.gov or (208) 783-2101.

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