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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNorthwest Resource Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number2041
Original Establishment Date8/21/1995Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advis...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date3/5/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*BLM Northwest Colorado District Manager
Date Of Renewal Charter3/5/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Andrew
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority5 U.S.C. AppendixDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Archuleta
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Sec. 309Designated Federal Officer Phone*(970) 876-9095
Effective Date Of Authority*10/21/1976Designated Federal Officer Fax*(970) 876-9090
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*aarchule@blm.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Northwest RAC provides BLM management with diverse viewpoints on a wide variety of public land issues. The Northwest RAC functions as a 15-member committee and as an informal working group to deal with fire policy, weed eradication, mineral management, wildlife, cultural resources, recreation, wild horse management, wilderness management, and other multiple-use land management issues. Several topics that were addressed this year include coordination with other Colorado advisory councils, minerals management, travel management on public lands, wild horse and burro management, fire management, and wilderness issues. Recommendations may be made by the RAC to the BLM after the entire RAC reviews an issue or proposed action. The BLM uses the recommendations as appropriate to inform its decision-making.
How is membership balanced?*The Northwest RAC is composed of 15 members balanced among and within the following groups: Category I includes those holding Federal grazing permits, transportation or rights-of-way, developed outdoor recreation, OHV users, commercial recreation activities, commercial timber industry, or energy and mineral development; Category II includes nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreation activities, archaeological and historical interests, or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups; Category III includes state, county, or locally elected office-holders, employees of state agencies responsible for the management of natural resources, Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the RAC's area of concern, academicians in natural resource management or the natural sciences or representatives of the public-at-large.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The RAC meets as needed to perform its roles and responsibilities. During Fiscal Year 2018, the RAC met once. The meetings consistently addressed issues of importance to the BLM and dealt with the agency's responsibilities associated with public land resource management. The Northwest RAC members also review their effectiveness and role as an advisory committee to keep on track with the RAC's mission. In order to maintain a good working relationship and bring new members up to speed on resource issues, coordination with other advisory councils in Colorado and orientations/briefings are held with the RAC. This effort is on-going as new members come on board annually.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*BLM Colorado has found that the Northwest RAC provides relevant input on a variety of public land issues. The balanced membership of the RAC ensures that advice and recommendations are wholly representative of the local and regional populace, thus providing the BLM with a snapshot of public opinion. The RAC also provides opportunities for the BLM to benefit from the variety of comments they receive from individuals and public land interest groups during the public comment and discussion periods of RAC meetings.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public. Notices of the meetings are published in the Federal Register, posted on the BLM Colorado website, emailed to stakeholders and distributed to local newspapers.
Recommendation RemarksThe NW RAC met once in FY18.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe RAC recommendations provide guidance and reassurance to BLM managers that current public land management is administered appropriately and supported by the public.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAn in-depth analysis has not been done to determine cost savings associated with the Northwest RAC. However, the contributions of the RAC are of great benefit to the BLM.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*31Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Northwest RAC has not made any formal recommendations since FY 2015. During Fiscal Year 2015, the Northwest RAC made one formal recommendation in support of providing funding for private-public partnerships with wild horse advocates in northwest Colorado herd management areas.During Fiscal Year 2014, the Northwest RAC made one formal recommendation supporting a pilot program to help control wild horse population growth in northwest Colorado. During Fiscal Year 2013, the Northwest RAC made two formal recommendations. The first was to forward the recommendations of its subgroup regarding the Colorado River Valley Field Office Resource Management Plan to the BLM. The second was a recommendation that the BLM limit the scope of its Roan Plateau Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.BLM Colorado worked to have Colorado's RAC charters amended to allow them to review fee proposals under the Recreation Enhancement Act. In Fiscal Year 2012, the Northwest RAC voted to continue this authority. In Fiscal Year 2012, the Northwest RAC passed a resolution recommending three recreation enhancement fee proposals go forward in northwest Colorado as a result of this charter modification.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Northwest RAC made the following recommendations that were fully implemented: The RAC charter was amended to allow a review for recreation fee proposals. The RAC supported adopting or adjusting fees in three areas, which are now being implemented. The RAC recommended more interagency coordination for air quality impact analyses, which is being done.The RAC recommended strengthening socioeconomic impact analyses in resource management plans, which is being done. An economist attended a RAC meeting to explain how the analyses had been strengthened.The RAC recommended the designation of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.The BLM implemented changes to national fire management strategies supported by the RAC.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*60.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Northwest RAC made the following recommendations that were partially implemented: The RAC forwarded two recommendations to the BLM from its subgroup on the Colorado River Valley Field Office Resource Management Plan. The BLM considered these recommendations as it developed the RMP. The RAC passed a resolution urging the BLM to limit its scope as it conducts a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Roan Plateau. The BLM considered this resolution as it began developing the Roan Plateau SEIS.The RAC passed resolutions in favor of more management options to be considered for wild horses and burros. The BLM continues to explore a variety of management options.The RAC supported the timely removal of biomass remaining from significant bark-beetle kill. The BLM continues to work on this challenge.The RAC recommended changes to the central contracting process to provide better opportunities for local involvement in land-use planning. The BLM is considering this.BLM implemented the Roan Plateau Plan as recommended by the RAC. A judge remanded that Roan decision back to the BLM. The BLM forwarded to Congress the RAC's resolution on the specific wilderness study area releases with the requested BLM recommendations on wilderness legislation.The BLM is revisiting the 14-day camping rule regulation based largely on feedback from the RAC.The BLM Colorado State Office is considering recommendations by the RAC on the noxious weed program.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentBLM Colorado officials provide feedback through written responses and presentations during RAC meetings.Narrative Description*The Northwest RAC provides the BLM with diverse viewpoints on a wide variety of public land issues. The Northwest RAC functions as a 15-member committee, as well as through working groups, addressing fire policy, range management, ecology, weed eradication, wildlife issues, cultural resources, recreation issues, wild horse and burro policy and wilderness management. Working groups may meet on their own time outside of the RAC meetings and present their findings to the entire RAC. Operating by consensus, the RAC makes recommendations to the BLM after all its members have carefully reviewed an issue and listened to their constituents. The BLM uses these recommendations as appropriate to inform its decisionmaking.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$15,465.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$25,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$800.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$800.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$3,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$500.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,000.00
Total Costs$17,565.00Est. Total Next FY*$34,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.15Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

 
ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-029576White River Field Office Travel Management Subcommittee2018
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001581Northwest Resource Advisory Council2017
 COM-002755Northwest Resource Advisory Council2016
 COM-003711Northwest Resource Advisory Council2015
 COM-004887Northwest Resource Advisory Council2014
 COM-005731Northwest Resource Advisory Council2013
 COM-006989Northwest Resource Advisory Council2012
 COM-007764Northwest Resource Advisory Council2011
 COM-009136Northwest Resource Advisory Council2010
 COM-009935Northwest Resource Advisory Council2009
 COM-011083Northwest Resource Advisory Council2008
 COM-011809Northwest Resource Advisory Council2007
 COM-013016Northwest Resource Advisory Council2006
 COM-013531Northwest Resource Advisory Council2005
 COM-014808Northwest Resource Advisory Council2004
 COM-015473Northwest Resource Advisory Council2003
 COM-016840Northwest Resource Advisory Council2002
 COM-017374Northwest Resource Advisory Council2001
 COM-018772Northwest Resource Advisory Council2000
 COM-019410Northwest Resource Advisory Council1999
 COM-020851Northwest Resource Advisory Council1998
 COM-021376Northwest Resource Advisory Council1997