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Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee still seeking new members!

Forest Service News Release

Passionate about improving the environment? Improving the quality of life in your community? This may be for you!

  • YREKA, Calif., August 11, 2023— The Klamath National Forest is still seeking members to serve on the Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee. The RAC recommends projects for funding to federal land managers to benefit resources on public lands. The committee constitutes of community members representing the public, industries, schools, environmental organizations, and local government. RAC members solicit, review, and recommend projects that aim to:
  • Improve maintenance of existing infrastructure,
  • Implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems,
  • Restore and improve land health and water quality, and
  • Create additional employment opportunities.

The RAC has helped fund numerous projects in Siskiyou County. For example, as the representative of archeological and historical interests, landscape architect Bob Talley has advocated for funding of historical trail maintenance. These projects are funded under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, reauthorized by Congress I the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (PL 115-141).

Currently, there are 7 members of RAC. We are still seeking candidates for the following position:

  • Category A
    • Represents developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities.
    • Represents the commercial timber industry.
    • Holds a federal grazing or other land use permits, or represent nonindustrial private forest landowners, within the area for which the committee is organize.
  • Category B
    • Represents dispersed recreational activities.
  • Category C
    • Holds a State elected office (or a designee).
    • Represents an American Indian tribe within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized.
    • Is a school official or teacher.
    • Represents the affected public at large.

We value diverse perspectives and experiences. Sol J. Ameen, who represents energy and mineral development interests as well as commercial recreational fishing activities, is currently a partner and board member at McCloud Mill, which includes 293 acres and over 9,000-acre feet of water rights. Additionally, he has worked as a multi-engine guard station foreman, strike team leader, and crew boss on the McCloud Ranger District. His experiences have aided him in understanding the resource needs of his community, enabling him to effectively advocate for grant money that can be used to support the economic development of public lands within Siskiyou County.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and download and complete the Member Interest Form and the Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information Form (AD-755) found at Completed packages can be mailed to or dropped off at Klamath National Forest, Attn: Siskiyou County RAC, 1711 S. Main St., Yreka, CA 96097.

For questions and more information, please contact Kimberly DeVall, Siskiyou County RAC Coordinator at [email protected] or 530-643-0945.

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