Forest Service seeks resource advisers
The Forest Service and county representatives are seeking people from communities throughout Colorado, elected officials and special interest group representatives as nominees for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Application forms must be received at the GMUG Forest’s office by Feb. 1.
The GMUG RAC has been in operation for the past six years and has recommended more than $1.4 million worth of resource management projects that have been implemented in Garfield, Mesa, Montrose and Gunnison counties.
The RAC represents a wide range of interests and supports the counties in reviewing and evaluating projects that are submitted for funding under the Secure Rural Schools Act. The committee recommends which projects to fund in coordination with land management agencies and county officials.
Current members’ appointments have expired. The four-year term begins upon appointment by the secretary of agriculture. Committee members serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses. Members must be Colorado residents and meetings are held at least once and up to three times during the year.
Each RAC consists of 15 members, divided equally among the three categories listed below. Applicants may apply in more than one category. The secretary of agriculture will make the appointments to the RAC (and of alternates) based on the applications received, striving to appoint members who have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with others of different viewpoints.
Category One: Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups; developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle, commercial recreation; energy and mineral development; Commercial or recreational fishing; commercial timber industry; federal grazing permit holders or land use permit holders within the RAC area.
Category Two: Nationally recognized environmental organizations; regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreation; archaeological and historical interests; nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro groups, wildlife or hunting; organizations or watershed associations.
Category Three: State-elected office holders; county or local elected officials; American Indian tribal representatives from tribes within or adjacent to RAC areas; school officials or teachers; citizens representing the affected public at large.
Citizens interested in applying for RAC membership are encouraged to retrieve an application form and background check form (AD-755) on-line at http://www.fs.usda.gov/GMUG. Type in “GMUG RAC” in the search blank or contact Lee Ann Loupe for additional information and/or application forms.
Applications should be received by Feb. 1, 2016, at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, ATTN: Lee Ann Loupe, RAC Coordinator, 2250 Highway 50, Delta, CO, 81416. Applications must contain original signatures and complete information. For more information, contact Lee Ann Loupe at 970-874-6717, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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