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USDA - 16611 - Resource Advisory Committees for the Southern Region - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameResource Advisory Committees for the Southern RegionAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2007Committee Number16611
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 Date9/8/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*staff
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2007Designated Federal Officer First Name*Dennis
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Wolfe
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 106-393Designated Federal Officer Phone*(404) 347-2660
Effective Date Of Authority*10/30/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*404-347-4998
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Sixteen RACS for the Southern Region were established in 2003 to provide advice and recommendations for the Secretary's consideration and develop collaborative relationships to and with the Forest Service. Three RACs are currently active. Each RAC reviews projects proposed under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and provides opportunities for early and continuous coordination to RAC members and the public. Each RAC may create and maintain approved subcommittees and may adopt rules of operation.
How is membership balanced?*Each RAC consists of 15 members that are pulled from 3 categories:1: 5 who represent organized labor, developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, commericial recreation activities, energy and mineral development interest, commercial timber industry, or hold Federal land use permits.2: 5 who represent nationally, regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreational activities, archaeological and historical interests, or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups.3: 5 who hold State, county or local elected office, represent American Indian tribes, are school officials or teachers, or represent the affected public-at-large.Members serve for 3 years and are required to fill and abide by all requirements stated within the charter.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 4 Estimated Total Meetings per RAC to which members have been appointed (approximately 12)
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*These committees are essential to meet the requirements of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 if an eligible county chooses to participate in the payments to states program and to set aside funds from its payments for Title II projects (projects on national forests). Not only do the committees open relationships, but they open opportunities for parties to participate in project development. These RACs consist of members who are resident of the State in which the forest is located and are mostly composed of members that are affected by the decisions of the committees. A first hand view and opinion is, therefore, given.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are open.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee Management Secretariat recommended that without legislation in hand this committee needed to be reported as terminated for FY07. Agency may bring this committee back in FY08 on its own authority if legislation is not forthcoming. Because of the costs reported the number of FTE for this committee was reduced from 10 to 1.


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 PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*35Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRoad repair through the Forest(5)Watershed restoration (1)Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*65.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*35.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSignificant progress has been made implementing approved projectsAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Provided periodic updates concerning ongoing projects.Narrative Description*This Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)is mandated by Congress, under section 205 of P.L. 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. This law provdes a mechanism for local community collaboration with federal land managers in recommending projects to be conducted on federal lands or that will benefit resources on federal lands. PL 106-393 is crucial to rural counties for their long-term success; both for schools and their role in helping devise key projects for the health of the land (through RAC work). RACs have fostered a solid working partnership, between forests and their county leaders as well as among RAC members. In the Souhtern Region there are three active Resource Advisory Committees under P.L. 106-393.
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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*$7,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$7,500.00
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$7,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$7,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*10.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*10.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-029655Apalachicola National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Florida2007
 COM-031249Bankhead National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Northwest Alabama2007
 COM-025709Davy Crockett National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Texas2007
 COM-028550Delta-Bienville National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Central Mississippi2007
 COM-029018DeSoto Resource Advisory Committee in Mississippi2007
 COM-029295Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests in South Carolina2007
 COM-026119Holly Springs-Tombigbee National Forests Resource Advisory Committee2007
 COM-030535Kistachie National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Louisiana2007
 COM-028069Ocala National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Florida2007
 COM-028708Oconee National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Georgia2007
 COM-028859Osceola National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Florida2007
 COM-028846Ozark-Ouachita National Forests Resource Advisory Committee in Oklahoma and Arkansas2007
 COM-026761Sabine-Angelina National Forests Resource Advisory Committee in Texas2007
 COM-028620Sam Houston National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Texas2007
 COM-026328Southwest Resource Advisory Committee in South Mississippi2007
 COM-027430Talledega National Forest Resource Advisory Committee in Northeast Alabama2007


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-012396Resource Advisory Committees for the Southern Region2006
 COM-013920Resource Advisory Committees for the Southern Region2005
 COM-014262Resource Advisory Committees for the Southern Region2004
 COM-015326Resource Advisory Committees for the Southern Region2003