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Forest Seeks Advisory Committee Members

Looking for a few good people

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is looking for a few good people to help spend half a million dollars each year on Forest improvements.

The forest is seeking members for its North Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), which recommends funding projects that improve and enhance the 1.37 million-acre national forest in Southwest Washington.

The money comes from Lewis County, which receives approximately $5.2 million each year from the federal government in lieu of taxes on federal land in the county. Lewis County receives the second highest such payment after Skamania County in the State of Washington.

In the first three years of the new county payments program, Lewis County has allocated 10 to 15 percent -- about $500,000 annually -- for forest projects that must be recommended by the RAC and approved by the forest supervisor. Past projects include pre-commercial tree thinnings, noxious weed removal, road maintenance and culvert removal.

The committee has 15 members divided into three subcommittees -- one represents timber, grazing, outdoor recreation, organized labor and energy and mineral development; another represents national and local environmental groups, archeological and historical interests and dispersed recreation; the third represents elected officials, American Indian tribes, school officials and the public.

Members serve three-year terms that must be renewed this fall. There is no compensation save mileage. The RAC meets two to three times a year, normally in the spring and summer, in Lewis County.

For more information and an application form, contact Tom Knappenberger at (360) 891.5005 or email him at tknappenberger@fs.fed.us.

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