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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameEastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2017Committee Number7246
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date5/27/2017Committee URLhttp://www.fs.usda.gov/main/okawen/workingtoget...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*29
Current Charter Date5/27/2015Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Forest Supervisor
Date Of Renewal Charter5/27/2017Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mike
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDepartmental Regulation 1043-37Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Williams
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Departmental Regulation 1043-37Designated Federal Officer Phone*(509) 664-9323
Effective Date Of Authority*9/12/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*(509) 664-9280
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*mrwilliams01@fs.fed.us
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 Provincial Advisory Committee was formed to advise seven federal agencies concerning implementation decisions and details pertaining to the Northwest Forest Plan (applicable to federal forests in Western Washington, Oregon and Northern California). The PACs identify concerns, which in turn are used to recommend budgeting priorities for available federal funds on key elements of the plan such as watershed restoration, watershed analysis, and subsequent project planning efforts. Advice is tailored to site specific areas in the plan area. Intergovernmental and public relationships improve significantly as a result of these advisory committee meetings.
How is membership balanced?*On September 30, 1994, USDA published the NOI in the Federal Register announcing the Pacific Northwest Forest Plan. The Federal agencies affected by the plan formed 12 groups called the Provincial Interagency Executive Committees or PIECs for each of the 12 provinces identified in the plan. The charter lists interests that need to be represented on each of the 12 provincial advisory committees as follows:1 rep. from the Environment Protection Agency; 1 rep. from the USDA Forest Service; 1 rep. from the Bureau of Land Management; 1 rep. from the National Park Service; 1 rep. from the Bureau of Indian Affairs; 1 rep. from State government; 1 rep. from each county where province is located (maximum of 3); up to 3 reps. from Tribal government; 2 reps. from environmental interests; 2 reps. from the forest products industry; reps. from the recreation and tourism industry; 3 to 5 reps from fish, wildlife, or forestry conservation organization such as the Bureau of Reclamation, National Biological Survey, Forest Service Research, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, Bonneville Power Administration, Department of Defense, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Initial meetings focused on building understanding of the Northwest Forest Plan and effective working relationships among the seven agencies identified in the charter. Meetings now also focus on implementation matters such as advising agencies concerning priorities for allocation of limited federal funds toward watershed restoration and watershed analysis needs as required by the plan. During the summer field trips give members an opportunity to see and discuss the forest situation first hand. Members are using their increased knowledge of the Northwest Forest Plan and their working relationships with other members to provide ongoing advice about making the Northwest Forest Plan work on the ground in real time. Members have also provided a valuable platform for collaborating on elements of the Forest Plan Revision project. The PAC meets 1-5 times annually or as needed to perform its duties. The PAC met twice in 2017, in January and in April.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Close cooperation among the many agencies having a management responsibility in the area and a forum where the public's views may be heard are key components of the PAC. The PAC provides an opportunity for Federal managers and the public to discuss the issues they identify and to offer advice and recommendations to decision makers on how to address those issues. Common effort and working together through the committee structure give rise to combined efforts that brings better management of the provinces set up in the plan.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThere were two Eastern Washington Cascades PAC meetings in 2017, one in January and another in April. The Charter for the PAC expired in May 2017, no meetings have occurred since that time. All costs reported for FY2017 are for outreach efforts and general administrative costs for managing the PAC.
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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 ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentUnder the Record of Decision of 1994 to Implement the Northwest Forest Plan, the above are not applicable.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee has provided an excellent forum for discussion of forest plan revision issues and collaborative input to plan elements, and also provided input on the Motorized Travel Management Plan.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot applicable.Grants Review CommentNot applicable.
Number Of Recommendations*5Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe committee:1. accepted the forest plan monitoring recommendation proposed by the forest2. advised against including over the snow transportation as part of the Motorized Travel Management Plan3. proposed building in a process for discussion about forest plan revision monitoring4. recommended that a chipper be available for fuel reduction 5. asked that a district ranger be in attendance at all future meetingsAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentMany of the projects discussed at Provincial Advisory Committee meetings vary from monitoring to full implementation. Because many of these projects are on-going and vary from forest to forest, state to state, determination for full implementation of some projects may be unpredictable.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSince 1994, many projects have not been fully implemented due to budget constraints and declines in the workforce of the Forest Service,Bureau of Land Management and other regulatory and participating agencies that are mentioned in the Record of Decision. However, Provincial Advisory Committees remain steadfast in their commitment to deliver recommendations to implement the Northwest Forest Plan, as intended in the ROD of 1994.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentEach of the Provincial Advisory Committees (PAC) have networked the accomplishments of their PAC via website, newspaper, radio, community review boards, and by simply sharing with other agencies and community groups during public established meetings. Some PACs have subcommittees that accompany the great work the PACs have accomplished. Furthermore, each of the PACs outreach to underserved groups to serve on the committee in order to better reflect the communities in which they serve.
Agency Feedback CommentNot applicable.Narrative Description*The Provincial Advisory Committee was formed to advise seven federal agencies concerning implementation decisions and details pertaining to the Northwest Forest Plan (applicable to federal forests in Western Washington, Oregon and Northern California). The PACs identify concerns, which in turn are used to recommend budgeting priorities for available federal funds on key elements of the plan such as watershed restoration, watershed analysis, and subsequent project planning efforts. Advice is tailored to site specific areas in the plan area. Intergovernmental and public relationships improve significantly as a result of these advisory committee meetings.Since 1994, the Provincial Advisory Committees and Provincial Interagency Executive Committees have met for the purpose of facilitating the successful implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan. There were 12 Provincial Advisory Committees in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. However, only two have been re-established in 2015. 1) Eastern Washington Cascades PAC; and 2) Deschutes PAC
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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*$14,874.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$541.00Est 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$636.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$16,051.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.08Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-002473Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003278Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee2015
 COM-006051Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006384Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007556Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee2011
 COM-008928Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee2010