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Recreation Resource Advisory Committees Charter Reestablishment

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Forest Service, USDA.


Notice of intent to reestablish the Recreation Resource Advisory Committees.


The Secretary of Agriculture intends to reestablish the charter for 5 Forest Service Recreation Resource Advisory Committees (Recreation RACs) pursuant to Section 4 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act passed into law as part of the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447) on December 8, 2004. The Recreation RACs operate in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, Eastern, and Southern Regions of the Forest Service and the State of Colorado, and provide recreation fee recommendations to both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as appropriate.


As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, charters for federal advisory committees must be renewed every 2 years. The current charter for the Recreation RACs expired on October 2, 2010.

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Julie Cox, National Recreation RAC Coordinator, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, 333 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, OR 97208, 503-808-2984.

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The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), signed in December 2004, directs the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of the Interior, or both to establish Recreation RACs, or use existing advisory Start Printed Page 4282committees to perform the duties of Recreation RACs, in each State or region for Federal recreation lands and waters managed by the Forest Service or the BLM. These committees make recreation fee program recommendations on implementing or eliminating standard amenity fees; expanded amenity fees; and noncommercial, individual special recreation permit fees; expanding or limiting the recreation fee program; and fee-level changes.

The REA grants flexibility to Recreation RACs by stating that the Secretaries:

  • May have as many additional Recreation RACs in a State or region as the Secretaries consider necessary;
  • Shall not establish a Recreation RAC in a State if the Secretaries determine, in consultation with the Governor of the State, that sufficient interest does not exist to ensure that participation on the committee is balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed; or
  • May use a resource advisory committee established pursuant to another provision of law and in accordance with that law.

The Secretaries have signed an Interagency Agreement that authorizes the Forest Service to use existing BLM RACs and the BLM to use Forest Service Recreation RACs for the purposes stated in REA.

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Dated: December 13, 2010.

Pearlie S. Reed,

Assistant Secretary for Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2011-1407 Filed 1-24-11; 8:45 am]