Advisory Committee for Forest Restoration Named

Comments: I noticed that there were 5/15 females, which I believe to be much better than usual. Many advisory groups in natural resources seem to arrive at about 20%, to the extent that I was beginning to think it was some kind of subconscious principle. In my opinion, there are lots of good people on this panel including two former RACNAC members. Actually, I was worried on the basis of the announcement that it would be too “sciency” but the folks I know on the list are both experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic. Congratulations to all!

Here’s the link.

The USDA Forest Service received 31 proposals from across the country for the committee to evaluate. Project proposals cover a myriad of ecological restoration treatments to reduce wildfire risk, enhance fish and wildlife habitats, maintain and improve water quality and use woody biomass and small-diameter trees. Many of the landscape proposals include contributions from partners and commitments from adjacent landowners to treat their lands.

The Advisory Committee is expected to make final recommendations to Secretary by August 2010.

Primary Committee Members:

Julia Altemus, Missoula, Mont.

Maia J. Enzer, Portland, Ore.

Karen Hardigg, Anchorage, Alaska

Brian Kahn, Helena, Mont.

James Kennamer, Edgefield, SC

Paige Lewis, Boulder, Colo.

Gary Nakamura, Redding, Calif.

Dr. Brent Racher, Corona, N.M.

Philip Rigdon, Silverton, Ore.

Dr. Melissa Savage, Santa Fe, N.M.

Todd Schulke, Tucson, Ariz.

Gary J. Severson, Breckenridge, Colo.

Scott Simon, Little Rock, Ark.

Ray Vaughan, Montgomery, Ala.

Frederick Weyerhaeuser, Cambridge, Mass.

1 thought on “Advisory Committee for Forest Restoration Named”

  1. This sounds like a good thing but, they need to stay clear of “pie-in-the-sky” proposals that cannot be implemented due to the current workforce and budget limitations of the Forest Service. Labor-intensive work never gets done for free, and GIGO definitely applies, in this case.


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