Forest resource committee members needed |

Forest resource committee members needed

The deadline is approaching for applicants to a Forest Service Advisory Committee vital in picking projects and getting funding for the local forests.

Nominations for the 15-member Resource Advisory Committee are due March 10.

The committee’s duties include proposing projects for funding that benefit National Forest System land ” especially those that tie to watershed restoration, road and facility maintenance, and forest health and improving collaborative relationships.

The need for the Resource Advisory Committee dates back to 1908 when legislation was created stating the U.S. Forest Service will pay counties a percentage of what they earn, said Ann Westling, spokesperson for Tahoe National Forest.

As revenue dropped from timber sales in the 90s, Westling said new legislation was created creating three funding sources from the forests for counties.

One is for rural roads and schools, another for fuels reduction and fire-safe work, and the other requires the committee to be in place, Westling said.

The Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will appoint members for four-year terms, including representatives of non-timber labor, outdoor recreation, energy and mineral interests, grazing, environmental organizations, archaeological and historical interests, wildlife organizations, a state elected office, a county or local elected office, an American Indian tribe, a school official, and a member of the public at large.

For those interested in serving on the Nevada/Placer County Resource Advisory Committee, please submit a letter or the following form addressing the above criteria to Ann Westling, Tahoe National Forest, 631 Coyote St. Nevada City, CA 95959 or

For more information, call Westling at 478-6205.

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