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USDA - 84586 - Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameGifford Pinchot Resource Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number84586
Original Establishment Date10/17/2019Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FY Max Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date10/17/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Public Affairs Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter10/17/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Gala
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Miller
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*(360) 891-5014
Effective Date Of Authority*10/3/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*
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?*The purpose of a Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act resource advisory committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service consistent with Division C, Title VI of Public Law 110-343. The Act describes the duties of the committees as follows: to review projects proposed by counties and other interested parties; to recommend projects and funding; to provide early and continuous coordination with Forest Service officials; to provide frequent opportunities for citizens, organizations, tribes, land management agencies and other interested parties to participate openly and meaningfully, beginning in the early stages of project development; to monitor projects approved under the Act; to advise the designated federal official on the progress of monitoring; and to make recommendations for any appropriate changes or adjustments to projects being monitored.
How is membership balanced?*The committee is comprised of 15 members, five in each of three categories prescribed in the Act. Within each category, the Act identifies specific interests members are to represent. Committees are formed in geographic areas to ensure each national forest located within a participating county or counties has access to a resource advisory committee. The Act requires members to be residents of the state or states within which the committee has jurisdiction.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee generally will meet 1-4 times per year as needed to perform its duties, or as often as needed.
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?Meetings are open to the public with an opportunity to provide comments.
Recommendation RemarksThere was only one virtual RAC meeting in FY 2022. This was a new RAC member Orientation meeting late in the fiscal year. We plan to hold two RAC meetings in early FY23 to review Title II proposals and a Forest recreation fee proposal.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction 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 Payments 
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot Applicable.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot Applicable.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*8Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe charter designating Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) as authorized by the Secure Rural Schools legislation, signed by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Dec. 20, 2019 permits the Forest Service to add additional funding granted under Title II to projects a RAC has previously recommended. These projects might not have been fully funded in previous Title II cycles, or additional funds may continue the organization’s work the original funds supported.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has not had a functional RAC with a quorum in place. Since that time, Congress has reauthorized Secure Rural Schools twice, and provided additional funds to be distributed within the counties associated with the forest. As such, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Leadership Team decided to use the aforementioned authority to approve the use of a portion of the funds to provide additional funding to projects previously recommended by a RAC. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest staff and line officers met on January 21, 2021 to prioritize project funding and make funding recommendations. Based on their recommendations they approved 7 projects in the amount of $568,800.00 of FY18 and FY19 Title II funds
Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAll eight funded projects were completed this field season.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*As of Jan. 2022 the Gifford Pinchot National Forest had approximately $1.05M available in Secure Rural Schools Title II funds, with an estimated additional $1.2M coming over the next three years. The funding on hand includes multiple years of funding during which time, for reasons mostly outside of our control, we did not have a quorum on the Resource Advisory Committee, the body required to review and make recommendations on Title II projects to fund.

We now have a quorum on the RAC and are making plans for soliciting project proposals for the next round of Title II. Given that it is a months-long process to get from solicitation to project implementation, and we have administrative deadlines regarding the obligation of funds to external entities at the end of February, there is not sufficient time to solicit new proposals for review by the RAC with implementation by summer 2022.

Historically, the RAC regularly approved certain projects that represent ongoing needs both on and adjacent to the Gifford Pinchot NF. To ensure this important work will be funded in 2022, we are proposing to add funds now to a selection of projects previously recommended by the RAC. The remaining funds, plus incoming Title II funds from the recent re-authorization of Secure Rural Schools, will be available for the next public solicitation of Title II proposals, likely in Fall 2022.

We propose allocation of funds to the following previously approved Title II projects for implementation in FY22. The funding levels identified below are based on information provided to us by counties and other partners regarding their need and capacity to implement this year. Some important ongoing Title II projects are not included on this list because we are not aware of an immediate need for funding.

GPNF North Zone road maintenance: $100,000

GPNF South Zone road maintenance: $100,000

Pinchot Partners coordination: $75,000

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District seasonal wilderness rangers: $40,000

Skamania Co. weed crew: $100,000

Cowlitz Co. weed crew: $30,000

Lewis Co. weed crew: 10,000

Klickitat Co. weed crew: 10,000
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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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*$8,117.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$15,215.00
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*$1,000.00
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*$1,000.00
Total Costs$8,117.00Est. Total Next FY*$17,215.00
Date Cost Last Modified8/31/2022 5:29 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.15
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.08Est Cost RemarksWe will be conducting a minimum of two RAC meetings in FY23 and hope to do them in person. One to review RAC project proposals and one to review Fee Proposals. RAC member travel reimbursements and some meeting space costs are anticipated. Federal Staff time will be spent on Title II project proposal solicitation (FRN, Press Release, FS review of proposals, Grant and Agreement assistance, RAC meeting management, etc.).
Cost RemarksFederal Staff support included communications with RAC members, RAC member Orientation meeting, FACA report completion, SRS/Title II webpage management, Forest Leadership Team SRS/Title II training, etc.  
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Interest Areas

Fish and Wildlife
Conservation and Preservation


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039936Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038431Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee2020