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USDA - 73541 - Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameKern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number73541
Original Establishment Date3/25/2010Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date10/17/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*District Ranger, Hume Lake Ranger District
Date Of Renewal Charter10/17/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jeremy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Dorsey
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*SRS and Community Self-Determination Act as reauthorized in PL 110-343, PL 112-141 and as amended Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 PL. 115-334.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(530) 927-7069
Effective Date Of Authority*10/3/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*530-927-7069
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Since 2010, the Kern and Tulare Counties RAC has met 15 times, and recommended 56 projects for funding, which were all approved by the Sequoia National Forest, totaling $681,324. Since that time 88% percent of the funds have been spent to complete projects such as trail maintenance, fuels reduction, watershed clean up, and fire lookout restoration. These funds have helped the Sequoia National Forest to build new partnerships with many groups, such as Keepers of the Kern, High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew, and Stewards of the Sequoia.
How is membership balanced?*Originally started with 15 appointed members in 2010, 2 members died and one resigned. The remaining 12 committee appointments expired on 9/30/2017. This leaves 15 vacancies, which are expected to be filled in 2022-2023. A nomination packet with 15 potential members representing diverse forest users has been forwarded in fall 2020 to the Washington Office for review, according to a previous report, but can't find any record of it now.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In 2021 the RAC did not have a quorum and therefore did not meet due to lack of members and COVID. Once a new committee is appointed, the RAC will meet, either in person or via phone/video conferencing, several times a year to review projects. The forest is still in the process of obligating funds toward projects that were previously recommended by the Committee.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The RAC is necessary to improve collaborative relationships among the people that use and care for the National Forests and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksNo RAC committee activity for FY2021.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed56
Outcome CommentProjects have improved safety of trails by performing needed maintenance, provided fuels reduction surrounding communities to reduce fire risk, and cleanup and public education to protect the wild and scenic Kern River corridor.Number Of Grants Recommended56
Cost Savings*$500,001 - $1,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$681,324.00
Cost Savings CommentTrail maintenance projects using volunteer labor have calculated the value of time contributed.Grants Review CommentNo Grants were reviewed or recommended in FY2021.
Number Of Recommendations*56Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo new RAC recommendations for FY2021. Title II funds are in the process of being allocated for previous FYs approved project recommendations. Projects previously recommended by the committee were obligated in the amount of $20,000 in 2019, for Keepers of the Kern, a nonprofit organization that organizes volunteer river stewardship projects.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*88.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment50 recommendations have been fully completed. One project, with the Kern Valley River Council for Riverside Park Restoration for $42000 has been awaiting permits and has not yet been begun. As of NOV 2021 this information needs to be verified.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*12.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment4 recommendations are still in progress. 2 have not started. This information also needs to be verified and updated.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*The Forest Service (FS) Designated Federal Official regularly reports to the committee on whether recommended projects proposals are or are not approved by the FS. The DFO also reports on actions taken to implement approved projects. This may take the form of verbal reports and presentations at committee meetings, committee field trips and monitoring activities.Narrative Description*By recommending projects that maintain and improve the health of national forest ecosystems and improve cooperative relationships among the people who use and care for the national forests, the Secure Rural Schools resource advisory committees support the Forest Service mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The committees specifically support Forest Service strategic goals to 1. Restore, sustain, and enhance the national forests; and 2. Provide and sustain benefits to the American people.
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Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified3/31/2022 3:39 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039901Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038400Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2020
 COM-036170Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033487Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001225Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003073Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003212Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004563Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2014
 COM-006055Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006447Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007563Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2011
 COM-008868Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee2010