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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameKern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number73541
Original Establishment Date3/25/2010Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_P...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date6/21/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*District Ranger, Kern River Ranger District
Date Of Renewal Charter6/21/2018Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Alfred
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameW.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Watson
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*The SRS and Community Self-Determination Act as reauthorized in PL 110-343 and PL 112-141.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(760) 376-3781
Effective Date Of Authority*10/3/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*(760) 376-3795
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*awwatson@fs.fed.us
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

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 $658,661. Since that time 83% 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 2018-2019.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In 2018 the RAC did not need to meet to accomplish its goals. The forest is in the process of spending the FY 2017 funds in the amount of $52,663 (awarded in 2018) toward projects that were previously recommended by the Committee and approved.
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 FY2018. Title II funds are in the process of being allocated for previous FYs approved project recommendations.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 Reviewed0
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 Recommended 
Cost Savings*$500,001 - $1,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentTrail maintenance projects using volunteer labor have calculated the value of time contributed.Grants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*54Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo new RAC recommendations for FY2018. Projects previously recommended by the committee were obligated in the amount of $61,154 in 2018, including $52,663 of FY 2017 funds and $8,491 in FY 2014 and 2015 funds..Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*83.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment48 recommendations have been completed.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*17.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment4 recommendations are in progress. 2 have not started.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback CommentThe 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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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* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$3,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$500.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$3,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.10
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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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-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