The Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee is seeking nominees for new members to serve on the committee.

The committee is tasked with recommending projects to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities around Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.

The projects that are funded through the committee have a major impact on the communities of Northeast Oregon and are varied in focus and scope, ranging from fish passage restoration to constructing new trails.

Projects have also utilized youth crews, which provide young people with unique opportunities to develop a love of the outdoors while gaining valuable hands-on work experience.

Committee members are officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of 2 years, and can get reimbursed for travel expenses to, during and from meetings.

In order to ensure that the group is able to accomplish its goals, members are expected to be able to commit to up to two full-day meetings each year.

Residents of Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Union, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Crook and Wheeler Counties are particularly encouraged to submit applications although others may apply.

Such committees have been found to work best when many interests and industries are represented by their members. Recreation groups, environmental groups, industry leaders and employees, elected officials and local residents are all needed to provide a balanced and diverse group.

The three categories of committee members needed are: 1) Industry professionals with experience in forest products, recreation, mining, grazing, or timber; 2)environmental groups and individuals connected to groups interested in wild horses, archeology and dispersed recreation, and 3) elected officials, American Indian tribal representatives, school officials or teachers.

Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2017.

If you are interested in serving on the Northeast Oregon Forests RAC, or would like more information about the responsibilities of the committee, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/malheur/workingtogether/advisorycommittees or contact a following representative near you:

• Jeff Tomac, Northeast Oregon Forests Designated Federal Official (541) 523-1301 or by email at: jtomac@fs.fed.us

• Arlene Blumton, Wallowa-Whitman NF RAC Coordinator (541) 962-8522 or by email at: ablumton@fs.fed.us

• Susan Garner, Malheur NF RAC Coordinator (541) 575-3039 or by email at: scgarner@fs.fed.us

• Ian Reid, Umatilla NF RAC Coordinator (541) 427-5316 or by email at: ireid@fs.fed.us

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