BRC National Land Use Update
USFS Announces Members of Advisory Committee to Implement New Planning
Dear BRC Members and supporters,
Today Tom Vilsak, the Secretary of Agriculture, announced 21 members to serve
on the Federal Advisory Committee for implementation of the U.S. National
Forest Planning Rule. This committee will advise and give recommendations to
the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service on
implementation of the new planning rule. The list of members is pasted below.
According to a USFS press release, over 220 people from 34 states applied to
serve on the committee. Members selected represent diverse backgrounds, the
full range of public interests in management of the National Forest System
lands, and geographically diverse locations and communities.
As the agency moves forward with implementation of the new regulations there
will be multiple opportunities to be involved. It is imperative OHV users
participate in local forest plan revisions and amendments. Be sure to subscribe
to BRC's Action Alert list for regular updates and info on USFS planning
activities. Subscribe here.
Speaking of opportunities to stay involved, the USFS will prepare directives
for implementing the new rule this summer so, as we so often say... stay
As always, please call or email with any
questions or concerns,
Public Lands Policy Director
208-237-1008 ext 102
Those selected to serve on the FACA committee include:
REPRESENTING THE PUBLIC AT-LARGE
* Howard Raymond Vaughan, Montgomery, Ala.
* Vickie Roberts, Shelton Roberts Properties, Winona, Miss.
REPRESENTING AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES
* William Barquin, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Portland, Ore.
REPRESENTING COMMERCIAL OR RECREATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING
* Daniel Dessecker, Ruffed Grouse Society, Rice Lake, Wis.
REPRESENTING CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS OR WATERSHED ASSOCIATIONS
* Christopher Topik, The Nature Conservancy, Vienna, Va.
* Stephan Kandell, Trout Unlimited, Durango, Colo.
* Susan Jane Brown, Blue Mountain Forest Partners, Portland, Ore.
REPRESENTING COUNTY OR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
* Joan May, San Miguel County Commissioner, Telluride, Colo.
* Robert Cope, Lemhi County Commissioner, Salmon, Idaho
REPRESENTING DEVELOPED OUTDOOR OR COMMERCIAL RECREATION
* Russell Ehnes, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Great
REPRESENTING DISPERSED RECREATION
* Adam Cramer, Outdoor Alliance, Bethesda, Md.
REPRESENTING ENERGY AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT
* Greg Schaefer, Arch Coal, Inc., Gillette, Wyo.
REPRESENTING NATIONAL, REGIONAL OR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
* Mike Anderson, The Wilderness Society, Seattle, Wash.
* Peter Nelson, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, D.C.
REPRESENTING PRIVATE LANDOWNERS/GRAZING
* James Magagna, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Rock Springs, Wyo.
* Lorenzo Valdez, Youngsville Cattlemen Association, Fairview, N.M.
REPRESENTING THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY
* Wally Covington, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz.
REPRESENTING STATE-ELECTED OFFICIALS
* Rodney Stokes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, East Lansing, Mich.
REPRESENTING THE TIMBER INDUSTRY
* Tom Troxel, Intermountain Forest Association, Rapid City, S.D.
* Pamela Motley, West Range Reclamation, LLC, Hotchkiss, Colorado
* Candice Price, Urban American Outdoors, Kansas City, Mo.