ANF Names Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Members

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack recently appointed 12 local citizens to serve on the Allegheny National Forest’s Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). The ANF is still seeking three other interested people from Forest County to complete the fifteen-member committee. The members are:

Karen Atwood
Developed Outdoor Recreation, Off-Highway Vehicle Users, or Commercial Recreation Activities

Craig Mayer
Energy and Mineral Development or Commercial or Recreational Fishing Groups

Joseph Scully
Organized Labor or Non-Timber Forest Product Harvester Groups

Susan Swanson
Commercial Timber Industry

Meredith Hill
Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Groups

Kirk Johnson
Regionally or Locally Recognized Environmental Groups

Julia McCray
Archaeology and History

Gwendolyn Pfaff-Wills
Nationally or Regionally Recognized Wild Horse and Burro Interest, Wildlife or Hunting Organizations, or Watershed Associations

James Hovey
Affected Public-At-Large

Elton Kline
Area School Official or Teacher

Cynthia Morrison
County or Local-Elected Office

Robert Snyder
County or Local-Elected Office

“I am pleased to have these members on the Resource Advisory Committee because their varied interests and areas of expertise will provide sound recommendations on the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune.

The Allegheny National Forest has approximately $180,000 of Secure Rural Schools Act Title II funds and is soliciting new proposals to fund projects in Forest County. The projects should benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; or maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure; obliterate unneeded roads; or control noxious weeds. The projects can either be located on National Forest System lands in Forest County or on other nearby lands if the project enhances the resources on the ANF.

Completed project applications must be received by November 15, 2016. The RAC will review projects for possible funding late 2016. The public is welcome to attend the RAC meeting. “We look forward to working with the RAC to identify and implement projects that will provide long-term benefits to the local communities as well as to public resources,” said District Ranger Rich Hatfield, who is the RAC Designated Federal Official.

Hatfield noted that projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. He also said that groups that submitted proposals in May and June 2016, do not need to re-submit their proposals. “This second round of project solicitation is intended to augment the project proposals that were already received,” Hatfield said.

Project proposal forms and general information can be found on the ANF’s website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/allegheny/workingtogether/advisorycommittees

For additional information about project proposals or to be considered for a member of the RAC, please contact Rich Hatfield at rhatfield@fs.fed.us or 814.363.6098.

Additional information about the Secure Rural Schools Act Title II funds and Resource Advisory Committees may be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs