Forest Service Seeks Members for Superior National Forest Resource Advisory Committee

March 26, 2009 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

The Superior National Forest is seeking nominees for a Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), as authorized under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008, (Public Law 110-343). The purpose of the Resource Advisory Committee is to enhance community collaboration with federal land managers in the process of proposing, reviewing, and recommending projects that will benefit resources on National Forest System lands in Lake, Cook, and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota.

“We are looking for representatives from a diverse array of stakeholders who have demonstrated an interest in management on the Superior as well as a commitment to working together toward the long-term benefit of our national forests” says Jim Sanders, Forest Supervisor for the Superior National Forest.

Fifteen members and three alternates are needed in order to establish the Superior National Forest Resource Advisory Committee. Resource Advisory Committee members will be selected from a list wide range of interests specified in the Act and will be appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve four-year terms. Members serve without pay; however, they will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses.

As a result of the three county boards’ decision to allocate funds under Title II of the Act, it is anticipated that approximately $200,000 will be available each year for the next four years as part of this federal revenue-sharing program for counties containing federal lands.

Application forms, and links to additional information are posted on the Superior National Forest website [look on the lower right side of the page]. You may also stop by any Forest office or call 218-626-4300 to request a paper copy of the application and background information. Printed, signed applications are due by April 17, 2009.


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