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U.S. Forest Service accepts applications for Manti-LaSal resource advisory panel

The United States Forest Service is seeking applicants to serve on the Manti-LaSal resource advisory committee.

Eligible candidates must be Utah residents, preferably living in Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Sanpete counties.

The committee's duties include reviewing proposed land management projects on or adjacent to the Manti-LaSal National Forest, pointed out the federal agency.

The RAC panel recommends which projects to finance with title two money provided by the secure rural schools fund.

The committee will be responsible for coordinating with land management agencies and county officials.

Projects may be located in Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Sanpete counties.

"Secure rural schools and community self-determination RACs create an opportunity for the forest service to work directly with local community members on forest management," said Pam Brown, Manti-LaSal supervisor. "I hope we get many qualified and exciting people to submit applications to participate."

Applications may be obtained from the nearest Manti-LaSal National Forest office, all five of the county commission offices and online at

Completed application forms must be received at the Manti-LaSal National Forest office in Price by May 1 before 5 p.m.

Applications may be delivered or mailed to Manti-LaSal National Forest, attn. Pam Brown, 599 W. Price River Drive, Price, UT 84501.

The RAC panel will consist of 15 members and three non-voting alternates representing a wide range of interests.

Members will serve four- year terms upon appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, explained the federal agency.

Committee members serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Meetings are conducted at least once during the year.

Alternates will be expected to attend all committee meetings in order to be prepared to fill a permanent position on the RAC panel in the event a vacancy should occur, indicated the federal agency.

The agriculture secretary will make appointments to the Manti-LaSal RAC panel based on the applications received, striving to appoint a diverse membership, continued the U.S. Forest Service.

Special attention will be given to interested candidates who have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with others of different viewpoints, added the agency.

The 15 members and three alternates of the Manti-LaSal RAC will be split equally between three categories.

•Category A includes representatives from:

Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups.

Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle, commercial recreation.

Energy and mineral development or commercial or recreational fishing.

Commercial timber industry.

Federal grazing permit holders, or land use permit holders within the RAC area or

non-industrial private landowners.

•Category B includes:

Nationally recognized environmental organizations.

Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations.

Dispersed recreation.

Archaeological and historical interests.

Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro groups, wildlife or hunting

organizations or watershed associations.

•Category C includes:

State-elected office holders.

County or local elected officials.

American Indian tribal representatives from tribes within or adjacent to RAC areas.

School officials or teachers.

Citizens representing the affected public at large.

For additional information, interested residents may contact Carbon Commissioner John Jones or call Brown at the Manti-LaSal office in Price.

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