News Release

For Release: January 6, 2009
Contacts: John Dearing, Bureau of Land Management Public Affairs (916) 978-4622 or John Heil, US Forest Service Public Affairs (707) 562-9014 Pacific Southwest Region
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/

Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Extend Deadline for California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Member Applications

The deadline for submitting applications for the Pacific Southwest California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC) has been extended to February 6, 2009.   The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are seeking applications for the following three positions on the 11 member RRAC: Winter motorized recreation such as snowmobiling; hunting and fishing; and motorized outfitting and guiding or local environmental groups.

The term for these positions will begin July 2009 when the current two year term appointments expire.

The RRAC provides recommendations on recreation fees for federal lands within the state of California.  This includes implementing or eliminating fees for BLM and Forest Service recreation sites and services, expanding or limiting the recreation fee program, and fee level changes.

Recommendations from the RRAC do not supersede the legally established decision authority of the Forest Service or BLM; however, RRACs help federal agencies gather public opinion about recreation fees and programs.  All recommendations are carefully considered.

If interested in submitting a nomination for Recreation RAC membership, obtain a nomination packet by going on-line at www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rrac or contact Frances Enkoji at the Forest Service (707) 562-8846, e-mail: R5rrac@fs.fed.us; or, Mike Ayers at BLM (916) 978-4644, e-mail:  Michael_Ayers@ca.blm.gov.

Submit packet to Frances Enkoji, USDA Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592 or Michael Ayers, Bureau of Land Management, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, Ca 95825.  Nomination packets must be received by January 5, 2009.

Additional information about recreation fees is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/about-rec-fees.shtml

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