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USDA - 13815 - Resource Advisory Committees for the Southwestern Region - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameResource Advisory Committees for the Southwestern RegionAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2007Committee Number13815
Original Establishment Date10/30/2000Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2007Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date6/30/2006Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Regional Forester
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2007Designated Federal Officer First Name*Harv
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityP.L. 106-393Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Forsgren
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 106-393Designated Federal Officer Phone*505-842-3300
Effective Date Of Authority*10/30/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The scope and objectives are to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service consistent with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The duties and responsibilities are to review and recommend projects proposed under Title II of the Act by participating counties and other persons, propose projects and funding to the Secretary of Agriculture, provide frequent opportunities for citizens, organizations, tribes, land management agencies, and other interested parties to participate openly and meaningfully, at the beginning of the early stages of project development process.
How is membership balanced?*Membership shall be balanced and have broad representation from within each of the three membership categories, as required by the Act. These categories are further broken-down into five specific areas. Therefore, the following interests are represented: persons who represent organized labor; developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities; energy and mineral develpment interests; commercial timber industry; person holding Federal grazing permits or other land use permits; nationally and regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activites; archaeological and historical interest; nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups; person holding state elected office or their designee; persons holding county or local elected office; representative of American Indian tribes; school officials or teachers; and person representing the affected public-at-large.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings for two committees/subcommittees with appointed members, per Year - 4 Estimated per committee Total Meetings - 8
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is essential because the Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) provide for early and continuous coordination with agency officials on forest projects and for frequent opportunities for citizens, organizations, tribes, land management agencies and others to participate openly and meaningfully beginning at the early stages of the project development process. Advice of the committee is not available from other sources because the Act requires that RACs be formed to review forest projects and recommend the proposed projects they deem have merit to the Secretary of Agriculture for approval.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksTermination advised by Secretariat due to lapsed legislation. Agency may bring this committee back on its own authority if legislation is not forthcoming.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed104
Outcome CommentRAC funded projects have improved the safety of area residents living in communities adjacent to national forestsNumber Of Grants Recommended60
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$2,306,056.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*60Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSixty project applications have been recommended for funding since the RAC first met.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*48.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment29 out of 60 projects are fully completed.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*52.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The RAC is briefed during regular meetings about projects fundedNarrative Description*This Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)is mandated by Congress, under section 205 of PL 106-393, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The Committee was established for two purposes: (1) to improve collaborative relationships among the people who use and care for the National Forests and the Forest Service, which manages the lands; and (2) to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service in identifying and implementing broadly supported land management projects that maintain existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems, and improve land health and water quality. The RAC directly supports the agency's mission goal for ecosystem health: to Promote ecosystem health and conservation using a collaborative approach to sustain the Nations's forests, grasslands, and watersheds.
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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*$25,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$25,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$500.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$500.00
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*$0.00
Total Costs$25,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$25,500.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est Cost Remarks
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-028479Catron Country Resource Advisory Committee2007
 COM-025632Coconino County Resource Advisory Committee2007
 COM-024692Eastern Arizona Counties Organization Resource Advisory Committee2007


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-012800Resource Advisory Committees for the Southwestern Region2006
 COM-014256Resource Advisory Committees for the Southwestern Region2005
 COM-015162Resource Advisory Committees for the Southwestern Region2004
 COM-015322Resource Advisory Committees for the Southwestern Region2003
 COM-017087Resource Advisory Committees for the Southwestern Region2002