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USFS needs Tongass committee members

The U.S. Forest Service has extended the application deadline for people interested in serving on the new Tongass Advisory Committee.

The 15-member volunteer panel will meet monthly to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on management strategies for the Tongass National Forest, with an emphasis on the transition to young-growth timber.

The Forest Service wants the committee to include representatives from area tribes and Native organizations; national or regional environmental groups; timber industry representatives; federal, state and local government representatives; and forest users, such as those holding land-use permits and members of the public.

Nomination forms are due by March 7th. Forms are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/TAC. For more information, contact Nicole McMurren, Tongass National Forest, at 907-772-5875 or nmcmurren@fs.fed.us.

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