[Federal Register: December 22, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 246)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Forest Resource Coordinating Committee
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to establish the Forest Resource Coordinating
Committee and call for nominations.
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture intends to establish the Forest
Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) pursuant to Section 8005 of
the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246) passed
into law as an amendment to the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of
1978 on June 18, 2008. The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee is
being established to coordinate non-industrial private forestry
activities within the Department of Agriculture and with the private
sector. As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, charters for
Federal advisory committees must be renewed every two years. The
Committee is soliciting nominations to fill eight vacancies with
staggered terms up to three years. The public is invited to submit
nominations for membership on the Forest Resource Coordinating
DATES: All nominations must be received in writing by January 6, 2009.
Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes
the nominee's name, resume, and completed form AD-755 (Advisory
Committee Membership Background Information).
ADDRESSES: Send application to James Melonas, Forest Service, USDA,
Cooperative Forestry, Room 4SE, 201 14th Street, SW., Washington, DC
20024, by express mail or overnight courier service. Nominations sent
via the U.S. Postal Service must be sent to the following address: U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry, State
& Private Forestry, Mail Stop 1123, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-1123.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ted Beauvais, Cooperative Forestry,
State and Private Forestry, telephone (202) 205-1190, fax (202) 205-
1271, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
, or James Melonas, Cooperative
Forestry, State and Private Forestry, telephone (202) 205-1382, fax
(202) 205-1271, e-mail: email@example.com
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. II),
notice is hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to
establish the charter of the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee
(Committee). The purpose of the Committee is to provide direction and
coordination of actions within the Department of Agriculture, and
coordination with State agencies and the private sector, to effectively
address the national priorities for private forest conservation, with
specific focus on owners of non-industrial private forest land as
described in Section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of
2008 (Pub. L. 110-246):
1. Conserving and managing working forest landscapes for multiple
values and uses;
2. Protecting forests from threats, including catastrophic
wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, snow or ice storms,
flooding, drought, invasive species, insect or disease outbreak, or
development, and restoring appropriate forest types in response to such
3. Enhancing public benefits from private forests, including air
and water quality, soil conservation, biological diversity, carbon
storage, forest products, forestry-related jobs, production of
renewable energy, wildlife, wildlife corridors and wildlife habitat,
The Committee is being established in accordance with Section 8005
of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246).
The Secretary has determined that the work of the Committee is in the
public interest and relevant to the duties of the Department of
The Committee will meet on an annual basis and its primary duties
1. Provide direction and coordination of actions within the
Department of Agriculture, and coordination with State agencies and
private sector, to effectively address the national priorities, with
specific focus on non-industrial private forest land;
2. Clarify individual responsibilities of each agency represented
on the Committee concerning the national priorities with specific focus
on non-industrial private forest land;
3. Provide advice on the allocation of funds, including the
competitive funds set-aside for Competitive Allocation of Funds
Innovation Projects (Sections 8007 and 8008 of the Food, Conservation,
and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub L. 110-246)); and
4. Assist the Secretary in developing and reviewing the report to
Congress required by Section 8001(d) of the Food, Conservation, and
Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246).
Advisory Committee Organization
The Committee structure agreed to by the Secretary follows:
(a) Chief of the Forest Service;
(b) Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service;
(c) Administrator of the Farm Service Agency;
(d) Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture;
(e) Three State foresters or equivalent State officials from
geographically diverse regions of the United States;
(f) A representative of a State fish and wildlife agency;
(g) A representative from the Department of Interior; and
(h) A representative from the Department of Defense.
Representatives below will be appointed by the Secretary to 3-year
terms, although initial appointments shall have staggered terms.
Vacancies will be filled in the manner in which the original
appointment was made. The representatives are as follows: (a) An owner of non-industrial private forest land;
(b) A forest industry representative; (c) A conservation organization representative;
(d) A land-grant university or college representative;
(e) A private forestry consultant;
(f) A representative from a State Technical Committee;
(g) A representative of an Indian Tribe; and
(h) A representative from a Conservation District.
The Committee Chair will be the Chief of the Forest Service, in
accordance with Section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act
of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246).
Nomination and Application Information for the Forest Resource
The appointment of members to the Committee will be made by the
Secretary of Agriculture. Any individual or organization may nominate
one or more qualified persons to represent the vacancies listed above
to serve on the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee. To be
considered for membership, nominees must:
1. Identify what vacancy they would represent and how they are
qualified to represent that vacancy;
2. State why they want to serve on the committee and what they can
3. Show their past experience in working successfully as part of a
coordinating group; and
4. Complete form AD-755, Advisory Committee Membership Background
Letters of recommendation are welcome. Individuals may also
nominate themselves. Form AD-755 may be obtained from Forest Service
contact persons or from the following Web site: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/ad755.pdf
. All nominations will be
vetted by the Agency. The Secretary of Agriculture shall appoint
committee members to the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee from
list of qualified applicants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
submit nominations via overnight mail or delivery to ensure timely
receipt by the USDA.
Non-Federal members of the Committee shall serve without pay, but
will be reimbursed for reasonable costs incurred while performing
duties on behalf of the Committee.
Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be
followed in all appointments to the Committee. To ensure that the
recommendation of the Committee has taken into account the needs of the
diverse groups served by the Department, membership includes, to the
extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent
minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens.
Dated: December 15, 2008.
Boyd K Rutherford,
Assistant Secretary for Administration.
[FR Doc. E8-30353 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]
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