WASHINGTON, AUGUST 12, 2014 AT 4:00 PM EDT - v>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 21 new members to the Planning Rule Federal Advisory Committee (FACA), which provides guidance and recommendations on management of America's national forests on Planning Rule implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule. The Planning Rule continues to guide stewards of national forests and grasslands in developing, revising or amending land management plans.
Representing the public at-large
Howard Raymond Vaughan, Montgomery, Ala.
- Vickie Roberts, Shelton Roberts Properties, Winona, Miss.
Representing American Indian Tribes
William Barquin, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Portland, Ore.
Representing commercial or recreational hunting and fishing
Daniel Dessecker, Ruffed Grouse Society, Rice Lake, Wis.
Representing conservation organizations or watershed associations
Christopher Topik, The Nature Conservancy, Vienna, Va.
- Angela Sondenaa, Nez Perce Tribe, Newport, Ore.
- Susan Jane Brown, Blue Mountain Forest Partners, Portland, Ore.
Representing county or local elected officials
Joan May, San Miguel County Commissioner, Telluride, Colo.
- Robert Cope, Lemhi County Commissioner, Salmon, Idaho
Representing developed outdoor or commercial recreation
Russell Ehnes, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Great Falls, Mont.
Representing dispersed recreation
Adam Cramer, Outdoor Alliance, Bethesda, Md.
Representing energy and mineral development
Greg Schaefer, Arch Coal, Inc., Gillette, Wyo.
Representing national, regional or local environmental organizations
Mike Anderson, The Wilderness Society, Seattle, Wash.
- Peter Nelson, Defenders of Wildlife, Missoula, Mont.
Representing private landowners/grazing
James Magagna, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Rock Springs, Wyo.
- Lorenzo Valdez, Youngsville Cattlemen Association, Fairview, N.M.
Representing the scientific community
Martin Nie, University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.
Representing state-elected officials
Rodney Stokes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, East Lansing, Mich.
Representing the timber industry
Tom Troxel, Intermountain Timber Association, Rapid City, S.D.
- Lindsay Warness, Boise Cascade Company, La Grande, Ore.
Candice Price, Urban American Outdoors, Kansas City, Mo.
The charter, background information, and other information for the Planning Rule Advisory Committee can be found www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee.
The mission of the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the Nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.