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DOI - 515 - Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameGila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number515
Original Establishment Date11/28/1990Committee StatusAdministratively Inactive
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*7 members
Current Charter Date4/3/2006Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Assistant Field Manager for Non-Renewable Resources
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tom
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityExecutive Order 13875 "Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees"Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Schnell
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 460Designated Federal Officer Phone*(928) 348-4420
Effective Date Of Authority*11/28/2004Designated Federal Officer Fax*(928) 348-4450
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*tom_schnell@blm.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusPending
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee did not meet in Fiscal Year 2020, and hasn't met since 2006.The Gila Box Advisory Committee met, as scheduled by the BLM Safford Field Office, to discuss ongoing projects within the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area (RNCA). They were briefed by managers and staff at these meetings and sometimes taken on a field tour to view specific projects. The BLM welcomed comments and suggestions from the Committee.
How is membership balanced?*As directed by Congress, the committee include four members with natural and/or cultural resource expertise and three members with political affiliations. Resources represented include watershed, hydrology, fish and wildlife, environmental education, cultural resources and recreation. Politically affiliated positions include the Governor's representative, Greenlee County representative, and Graham County representative. See the attched membership list for committee members (all are technically expired due to the expiration of the Charter).
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The BLM goal was to host 1-2 meetings per year. This is determined by (a) the need for updates from BLM to the Committee, (b) the need for input from the Committee to the BLM, and (c) requests from the committee to discuss a specific topic or view an ongoing project. The Committee was very active during its early years when they provided great support to the preparation of the Gila Box Management Plan. During the implementation phase, there has been much less input. The issues of the past two years have been the inability to get vacant positions filled. The Charter is currently expired and will need to be renewed and new members appointed before meetings can be held. There isn't much community interest in the committee and it is hard to solitic applications.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee was mandated by Congress when it created the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area as part of the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990. Congress specified the cross-section of member backgrounds and regional views to increase public input and advise to the BLM on the Gila Box Management Plan. Advisory Committee members are active in various fields and represent a good mix of the resource expertise needed to provide input on the Gila Box. This regional input is helpful to balance local issues and concerns and ensure the area is managed an developed for its resource values. The fact that the Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public enables the BLM to reach a larger segment of interested publics than can be done with limited staff and budget locally; community turnout at the meetings in generally very low though. Unfortunately, interest in Committee participation has also been low. Sometimes, a Call for Nominations must be issued twice before enough qualified candidates submit applications to fill vacant positions. Each time, the BLM must publish a Federal Register notice which costs additional money. In the past several years, the value of this investment in relation to the input we receive has been discussed.Also, the same type of committee was required by Congress for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which is also within our District. That committee has not been active for at least nine years and there has been no pressure to re-energize it. There needs to be a consistent approach so that both committees are handled the same.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed; all are open to the public. They are well advertised via the Federal Register and, locally, through newspaper and radio stations. All meetings include a public comment period on the agenda.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee is currently inactive.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction 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 DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe majority of recommendations were part of the Management Plan and involved overall management of the area and need for future projects.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee did not meet this Fiscal Year.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe Committee did not meet this Fiscal Year.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*100Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee did not meet this Fiscal Year.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment100% of the Committees consensus-driven recommendations became part of the Plan. 98% of the decisions made in the Plan were a result of recommendations made by the Committee; two items did not reach full agreement and the Committee failed to make a recommendation on these two. In this case, implementation meant that the recommendations were incorporated in the Final Management Plan. The Safford Field Office is still implementating this Plan so not all actions resulting from those recommendation have been implemented but will be completed during the life of the Plan given adequate levels of future funding and staffing.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe two issues that did not reach consensus in the Committee had opposing viewpoints within the Committee, forcing the BLM to make those decisions. Therefore, these two were not formal recommendations of the Committee. The BLM decision, on these two topics, represented the viewpoints expressed through the Committee, but there was no agreement within the Committee. The BLM incorporated all the formal recommendations of the Committee into the Management Plan.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNo meetings were held this Fiscal Year.Meeting minutes are available to the public within 30 days following meetings. The public is invited to attend all committee meetings via publicity in local newspapers and a period of time is available for public comments at each meeting.
Agency Feedback Comment*The Committee did not meet this Fiscal Year. During Gila Box Advisory Committee meetings, BLM managers and staff provide updates on the status of projects and decisions made in the Plan.Narrative Description*No meetings were held this Fiscal Year, and the Committee hasn't met since 2006.The Advisory Committee was established by Congress to provide public input to the BLM's management of the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area.
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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*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$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*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Energy
Natural Resources
Land
Land Management and Use
National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035359Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033240Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001546Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002751Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003649Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004818Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005725Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007016Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007889Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009204Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009851Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011063Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011779Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013067Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013661Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015002Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015590Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016835Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017550Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018890Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019213Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020683Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021241Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Advisory Committee1997