U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20250
DATE:October 17, 2005
reestablishes the Provincial Advisory Committees
(PACs) to the Provincial Interagency Executive Committees (PIECs) for 12
provinces, which are areas set up under the Northwest Forest Plan. The PIECs
facilitate the successful implementation of the Record of Decision for
Amendments to the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Planning
Documents within the Range of the Northern Spotted Owl (ROD) of April 13,
1994. They consist of representatives of some or all of the following Federal
agencies: the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources
Conservation Service, U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division,
and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The purpose of the PACs is to advise the
PIECs on coordinating the implementation of the ROD. Each PAC provides advice
regarding implementation of a comprehensive ecosystem management strategy for
Federal land within a province (provinces are defined in the ROD at E19). The
PACs provide advice and recommendations to promote better integration of
forest management activities between Federal and non-Federal entities to
ensure that such activities are complementary.
The PACs advising the PIECs for the 12 provinces are as follows:
The PACs operate in the public
interest in that they provide local forums where Federal agencies,
particularly those within the United States Department of Agriculture and
United States Department of the Interior, can develop ways to better
coordinate activities with non-Federal entities. The ROD provides direction
to the Forest Service and the BLM for developing an ecosystem management
approach that is consistent with statutory authority for land use planning,
such as the Forest Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act, the National
Forest Management Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. (See
the ROD, page 5.) Ecosystem management at the province level requires
improved coordination among governmental entities responsible for land
management decisions and the public they serve.
2. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
Departmental Regulation DR 1043-37, dated April 15, 2003,
is hereby superseded.
The functions of the PACs cannot be completed in less than
2 years. In accordance with Departmental Regulations, unless renewed, this
regulation will terminate 2 years from the date of filing,
3. OFFICERS AND MEMBERSHIP
Each PAC will consist of no more than 29 members. Members will include:
The PACs may invite a representative of the State Community Economic Revitalization Team, or its equivalent, to participate as an ex-officio member. In the event a member is unable to attend a meeting of a PAC or a meeting of one of its subcommittees/working groups, that member may send a designee, or alternate, to represent him or her at the meeting.
The PACs provide advice and recommendations to the PIECs
regarding the coordinated implementation of the ROD.
The PACs provide advice on provincial level analyses and
monitoring, provide a forum for information exchange, and encourage
complementary ecosystem management among Federal and non-Federal land
Each PAC may create and operate subcommittees or working
groups recommended by its members and approved by the Secretary or
designated Federal officer. Working groups or subcommittees may include
individuals who are not members of a PAC and may be community-based groups
that would provide advice and recommendations to a PAC on land management
issues related to the Adaptive Management Areas or other land-use
classifications described in Attachment A of the ROD.
5. ESTIMATED ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS
Members or designees serve without pay, but with
reimbursement of travel and per diem expenses for attendance at PAC and/or
subcommittee or working group meetings. Travel and per diem expenses will be
submitted on vouchers signed by the Forest Service representative to the
Annual operating costs are estimated to be $600,000 and 6
staff years of support.
6. NUMBER AND FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS
The PACs will meet as often as is necessary to complete
Sixty percent of the members of each PAC shall constitute a quorum.
The PACs report to the PIECs.
Support for the PACs will be provided by the Forest Service for the life of this charter.