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« on: March 13, 2014, 04:11:20 am »

National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National
Forest System Land Management Planning Rule


AGENCY: USDA Forest Service.

ACTION: Notice of intent to call for nominations.

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SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the
National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule (Committee) was
re-established on February 3, 2014, in the public interest, to continue
providing advice and recommendations on the implementation of the
National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule (planning rule).
Therefore, the Secretary of Agriculture is seeking nominations for
individuals to be considered as Committee members. The public is
invited to submit nominations for membership. Further information about
the Committee is posted on the Planning Rule Advisory Committee Web
site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee.

DATES: Written nominations must be received by April 28, 2014.
Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes
the nominee's name, resume, and completed form AD-755 (Advisory
Committee Membership Background Information). The form AD-755 may be
obtained from the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5203568.pdf or via email from Chalonda Jasper at
cjasper@fs.fed.us. The package must be sent to the address below.

ADDRESSES: Send nominations and applications to Andre Teague, USDA
Forest Service, National Forest System, Mail Stop 1106, 201 14th Street
SW., Washington, DC 20025 by express mail or overnight courier service.
If sent via the U.S. Postal Service, they must be sent to the following
address: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National
Forest System, Mail Stop 1106, 1400 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-1106.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tony Tooke, USDA Forest Service,
National Forest System, by telephone: 202-205-0824 or by email:
ttooke@fs.fed.us. Chris French, USDA Forest Service, National Forest
System, Ecosystem Management Coordination, by telephone: 202-205-1022
or by email: cfrench@fs.fed.us. Chalonda Jasper, USDA Forest Service,
National Forest System, Planning Specialist, by telephone: 202-260-9400
or by email: cjasper@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication
devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.,
Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and
recommendations on implementation of the planning rule. The current
Committee officially transmitted their recommendations to improve the
draft planning rule directives to the USDA Forest Service on November
21, 2013. This marked an important accomplishment and point of
transition for the Committee. Having finalized consensus
recommendations on the draft directives, the Committee now turns its
full attention to improving the efficiency and efficacy of implementing
the planning rule. The current Committee's membership will expire in
June 2014.
    The Committee will be asked to perform the following duties or
other requests made by the Secretary of Agriculture or the Chief of the
Forest Service:
    1. Offer ongoing advice related to the implementation directives of
the planning rule;
     Collaborating around recommendations for and
implementation of the rule, retaining
    national policy focus.
    2. Offer assistance with outreach efforts;
     Engaging with US Forest Service, including with early
adopter forests, and reaching out beyond the US Forest Service and
across other Government agencies.
    3. Offer overall guidance on planning practices important to
implementation of the planning rule;
     Developing guidance on techniques, strategies and
potential partners to facilitate outreach and greater understanding to
broader public, including youth, local communities, urban
constituencies etc.

Advisory Committee Organization

    This Committee will be comprised of not more than 21 members who
provide balanced and broad representation within each of the following
three categories of interests:
    1. Up to 7 members who represent one or more of the following:
    a. Represent the affected public at-large.
    b. Hold State-elected office (or designee).
    c. Hold county or local elected office.
    d. Represent American Indian Tribes.
    e. Represent Youth.
    2. Up to 7 members who represent one or more of the following:
    a. National, regional, or local environmental organizations.
    b. Conservation organizations or watershed associations.
    c. Dispersed recreation interests.
    d. Archaeological or historical interests.
    e. Scientific Community.
    3. Up to 7 members who represent one or more of the following:
    a. Timber industry.
    b. Grazing or other land use permit holders or other private forest
landowners.
    c. Energy and mineral development.
    d. Commercial or recreational hunting and fishing interests.

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    e. Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or
commercial recreation interests.
    No individual who is currently registered as a Federal lobbyist is
eligible to serve as a member of the Committee. Members of the
Committee serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel
expenses while performing duties on behalf of the Committee, subject to
approval by the Designated Federal Official (DFO).
    The Committee will meet three to six times annually or as often as
necessary and at such times as designated by the DFO.
    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 serve on the National Advisory
Committee for Implementation of the Planning Rule. Individuals may also
nominate themselves. To be considered for membership, nominees must
submit a:
    1. Resume describing qualifications for membership to the
Committee;
    2. Cover letter with a rationale for serving on the committee and
what the applicant can contribute; and
    3. Complete form AD-755, Advisory Committee Membership Background
Information.
    Letters of recommendation are welcome. The form AD-755 may be
obtained from the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5203568.pdf or via email from Chalonda Jasper at
cjasper@fs.fed.us. All nominations will be vetted by U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA). The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint committee
members to the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the
National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule from the list of
qualified applicants.
    Equal opportunity practices in accordance with USDA policies will
be followed in all appointments to the Committee. To ensure that the
recommendations of the Committee take into account the needs of the
diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include to the extent
possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

    Dated: March 7, 2014.
Malcom A. Shorter,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, U. S. Department of
Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2014-05467 Filed 3-12-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3411-15-P

Source... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-13/html/2014-05467.htm
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