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USDA - 5311 - Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameOpal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number5311
Original Establishment Date11/12/1996Committee StatusAdministratively Inactive
Actual Termination Date Committee URL!u...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*13
Current Charter Date4/2/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*District Ranger, Detroit Ranger District
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Grady
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*McMahan
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 USC 1132 note; P.L. 104-333 sec. 1023(e)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(503) 854-4200
Effective Date Of Authority*11/12/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*(503) 854-4239
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The original purpose of the Council was to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the preparation of a comprehensive management plan for the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area, and advise the DFO on a regular and periodic basis on matters relating to management of the Opal Creek SRA.
How is membership balanced?*The Opal Creek legislation requires certain interests to be represented as follows: Marion County, City of Salem, State of Oregon, local communities, economic development, Indian tribes, environmental organizations, mining and timber industries, SRA inholder and public at large. Although the timber industry has been contacted, they have not demonstrated interest in participating on the council gven that the legislation does not allow timber harvesting. Extensive outreach efforts are made to encourage diverse membership. It is not expected that this chair will ever be filled since the creation of Opal Creek removed the timber from the timber base and no timber harvest is allowed.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are not held currently since the Advisory Council was placed in Inactive Status on March 6, 2012.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Opal Creek had a long history of political and environmental involvement. For more than two decades, land management planning and public involvement strategies could not administratively resolve the management status of the area. Final resolution came to fruition when the Opal Creek legislation P.L. 104-333 was enacted. The council was legislatively mandated, which specifically identified the majority of interests and organizations to serve as members. The council provided a diverse range of perspectives to advise the Forest Service with the management of the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThis committee is administratively inactive. The Chief of the Forest Service has requested that the Council be placed on inactive status as of March 6, 2012. Recommendation was made to Congress under FY19 E.O. to terminate this committee.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Management Plan established new regulations. Establishment of ranking process for projects helped the agency to reorganize priorities and focus on program of work. The council has given their support on Payco projects and OWEB grant funding which helped the agency to receive funds to accomplish priority projects.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*46Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentN/AAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentN/AAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot applicable.
Agency Feedback Comment*Agency gives verbal feedback during open meetings and documents within meeting minutes.Narrative Description*This council was formed under public law 104-333. The council contributes to the agency's mission by meeting the requirements of the Opal Creek legislation which fosters many of the agency's goals and includes: *Advocating a conservation ethic in promoting the diversity and beauty of forests and associated lands. *Listening to people and responding to their diverse needs in making decisions. *Protecting and managing the National Forests so they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept within the management constraints established under the Opal Creek Act. *Helping States and communities to wisely use the forests to promote rural economic development and a quality rural environment. *Developing and providing scientific and technical knowledge to protect, manage, and use forests and rangelands. The committee also supports the following FS guiding principles by the way they carry out advisory council roles and responsibilities: *to be good neighbors who respect private property rights. *to strive for quality and excellence in everything we do and are sensitive to the effects of our decisions on people and resources. *to strive to meet the needs of our customers (councils stakeholders) in fair, friendly, and open ways. *to form partnerships to achieve shared goals. *to promote grassroots participation in our decisions and activities. *to value and trust one another and share leadership. *to value a multicultural organization (diverity of councils interests) as essential to our success. *to maintain high professional and ethical standards. *to be responsible and accountable for what we do. *to recognize and accept that some conflict is natural and we strive to deal with it professionally. *to follow laws, regulations, executive direction, and congressional intent. Since the council advises on matters relating to the Scenic Recreation Area, their goal is to meet goals and objectives of the FS Strategic Plan. The Recreation Agenda provides focus for programs and activities consistent with the Strategic Plan, and include: 1. improving the settings for outdoor recreation; 2. improving visitor satisfaction with our facilities and services; 3. improving education opportunities for the public about the values of conservation, land stewardsip and responsible recreation; 4. strengthening our relationships with private entities and volunteer-based and nonprofit organizations; and 5. establishing professionally managed partnerships and intergovernmental cooperative efforts. The management plan was developed with the assistance of the advisory council and focuses on these five areas.
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Interest Areas

Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use
National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039874Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2021
 COM-038377Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2020
 COM-036147Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2019
 COM-033466Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2018
 COM-001188Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2017
 COM-002494Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2016
 COM-003334Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2015
 COM-004601Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2014
 COM-005414Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2013
 COM-006401Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2012
 COM-008207Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2011
 COM-008617Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2010
 COM-009664Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2009
 COM-011389Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2008
 COM-012106Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2007
 COM-013235Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2006
 COM-013972Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2005
 COM-015153Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2004
 COM-016131Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2003
 COM-016216Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2002
 COM-017816Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2001
 COM-018226Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council2000