2014 Call for Nominations: National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

Deadline: August 31, 2013

Washington, DC – The Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill five of fifteen positions on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council). The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program and related natural resources.

The Council was established in 1990 through an amendment to the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, (16 U.S.C. 2105). The purpose of the Council is to: 1) develop a national urban and community forestry action plan; 2) evaluate the implementation of the plan; and 3) develop criteria and annually make recommendations on the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-share Grant Program.

We are requesting nominations for the following five positions that will serve a 3-year term until December 31, 2016. In addition to the specific position descriptions, the Council is also required to maintain its national representation in which an emphasis will be placed on those nominees from geographical areas that have low representation on the Council. Positions will also reflect the demographics that this area represents:

  1. One of two members representing a national non-profit forestry and /or conservation citizen organization;
  2. State Government;
  3. County Government;
  4. Urban Forestry, Landscape, and Design Consultants;
  5. Professional Renewable Natural Resource or Arboriculture Society

Your nomination(s) must be “received” (not just postmarked) by August 31, 2013. Facsimiles will not be accepted as official nominations. Email or a courier service is recommended. Regular mail submissions must be screened by the agency and may delay the receipt of the application. Each nomination must include the enclosed Nomination Cover Sheet and a completed AD-755 form, Advisory Committee Membership, and a completed Background Information Form that has been signed by the nominee.

Individuals currently serving on other U.S. Department of Agriculture advisory councils or commissions are ineligible to serve on this Council.

“Roles and Responsibilities as Members of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council” provides an overview of the duties and time commitments necessary to be a Council member. For additional information on the Council, visit: www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nufac.

In making nominations, please note that the equal opportunity practices will be fully implemented in all appointments to the Council. To ensure that the membership of the Council reflects the diverse groups served by the Forest Service, nominations should include, to the extent practicable, representatives of underserved groups, including minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Please designate which categories would most appropriately describe your recommended nominee(s) on the enclosed nomination cover sheet. One may make nominations for as many positions as the nominee is eligible. An individual may also nominate him/herself. Letters of support are accepted, and are encouraged for those positions representing national organizations.

Please submit electronic nomination(s) to: nucfac_ucf_proposals@fs.fed.us. The subject line should read: 2014 NUCFAC Nominations.

If you are using a courier or mail service submit nominations to: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff, USDA Forest Service, RPE9, 1621 North Kent Street, Rosslyn, VA., 22209. If you need further assistance, contact Nancy at desk phone: (202) 205-7829, cell: (202) 309-9873 or email: nstremple@fs.fed.us between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern).

To enable us to reach as many and a diverse number of nominees as possible, please give this letter wide distribution as appropriate. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

When the Secretary of Agriculture has made his appointments, all those nominated to be Council members, as well as those individuals who submitted a nomination for consideration will be notified of his decision.

Download 2014 Nomination Application – National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council