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USDA - 2483 - Tongass Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameTongass Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2016Committee Number2483
Original Establishment Date2/10/2014Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date2/10/2016Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date2/10/2014Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest
Date Of Renewal Charter2/10/2016Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jason
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority41 CFR 102-3.30Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Anderson
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary MemoDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 772-3871
Effective Date Of Authority*7/3/2013Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 772-5995
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated 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 Committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture, through the Chief of the Forest Service, by providing advice and recommendations for developing an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable forest management strategy on the Tongass National Forest. Recommendations and advice may directly inform the development of a proposed action for modification of the 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan. This forest management strategy will emphasize a shift to young growth management. The rationale for shifting to a predominantly young growth-based forest management program is explained in the January, 2013 Leader’s Intent Paper, providing overall direction for the Committee. The 5-Year Tongass Integrated Plan (TIP), finalized in May 2013, identified more than 10 years of old growth timber that provides the short term bridge from which the Committee will work. Planning, integration and funding of that program of work has been driven and guided by work on key projects with collaborative partners.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee will be fairly balanced in its membership in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed. The Committee will be comprised of not more than 15 members. The members appointed to the Committee will be knowledgeable of ecological, social, and economic issues impacting Southeast Alaska, while providing a balanced and broad representation within the following interests: I. Federally Recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Organizations and/or Alaska Native Corporation representatives;ii. National or regional environmental and/or conservation organizations;iii. Timber industry representatives; iv. Federal, State and local government representatives; and v. Other commercial users, those holding land use permits or the public at large.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 4, or as often as needed to perform its duties.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee 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 the transition and revisions of the Tongass National Forest Plan from old growth timber to 2nd growth timber.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksTongass Advisory Committee held six advisory committee meetings and made two recommendations in FY2015.

Tongass Advisory Committee held one advisory committee meeting in FY2016.

DFO requested the committee charter not be renewed following its expiration (2/2016).


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction 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 DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot applicable.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot applicable.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot applicable.Grants Review CommentNot applicable.
Number Of Recommendations*2Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee has provided 2 reviewed recommendations. The recommendations were incorporated into the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment DEIS and FEIS (Alternative 5).Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo recommendations have been completed.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*100.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment2 recommendations are in progress. As of October 2016, the Tongass is reviewing objections on the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment draft decision. The Forest Supervisor preliminarily selected Alternative 5 which includes the committee's recommendation.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot applicable.
Agency Feedback Comment*Secretary Vilsack responded to the committee's draft recommendations related to the Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment (May 21, 2015) in a July 31, 2015 letter. The draft recommendations were forwarded to Tongass Forest Supervisor for consideration and response. As per a letter from Tongass Forest Supervisor on May 25, 2015, the Tongass has begun to take action in response to several of the recommendations, particularly in regard to young-growth inventory and implementation and monitoring.Narrative Description*By providing advice and recommendations for developing an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable forest management strategy on the Tongass National Forest.
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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*$17,507.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$97,900.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$16,457.00Est 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*$2,824.00Est. 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$3,514.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$138,202.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-003985Tongass Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004552Tongass Advisory Committee2014