USFS seeks candidates for new Tongass Federal Advisory Committee

KETCHIKAN — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking 15 member nominations for a federal advisory committee that will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the Forest Service on developing a sustainable forest management strategy for the Tongass National Forest, with an emphasis on supporting a transition to young growth management. The committee will include a diverse group of stakeholders and will operate in a way that is open, transparent, and accessible to the public.

The Tongass Federal Advisory Committee is being established as a result of both the five-year review of the Tongass Land Management Plan and a July memorandum from the Secretary of Agriculture, Addressing Sustainable Forestry in Southeast Alaska. The Committee will be expected to provide advice on transitioning to young growth in a manner that supports the existing forest industry in Southeast Alaska. Advice from the Committee may also inform modification of the Tongass Land Management Plan.

The U.S. Forest Service invites persons interested in serving on the Tongass Advisory Committee to submit a nomination by February 27, 2014. Any person or organization may nominate one or more qualified persons; people may also nominate themselves.

People knowledgeable about ecological, social, and economic issues impacting Southeast Alaska are encouraged to apply. The USFS will select members to provide balanced and broad representation within the following interests: federally-recognized tribes, Alaska Native organizations and/or Alaska Native corporation representatives; national or regional environmental and/or conservation organizations; timber industry representatives; federal, state and local government representatives; and commercial users, those holding land use permits, or the public at large.

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 Forest Service contact person or the following website: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/TAC.

If the nominee is representing an organization, please indicate the organization. Please send the package via US Postal Service to Nicole McMurren, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 309, Petersburg, AK 99833. Written nominations must be received by February 27, 2014.

Committee members do not receive pay, but they can be reimbursed for travel expenses to meetings.

For additional information, contact McMurren at 907-772-5875 or nmcmurren@fs.fed.us. To view the notice in the Federal Register, visit http://go.usa.gov/ZH3F.

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