County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill six public member vacancies on the Forest Conservation Advisory Committee. The public members should include landscape architects, arborists and urban foresters, horticulturists and representatives from the nursery industry, persons directly engaged in agriculture, persons directly involved in the building industry, members of citizens groups, members of environmental and conservation organizations, representatives of public utility companies and persons owning forest land of at least two acres.
The Committee is composed of 22 voting members, which includes 16 public members and representatives of the Departments of Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Permitting Services, and Transportation, and representatives of the County Planning Board and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
The Committee must advise the Executive, Council, Planning Board, and other relevant agencies on forestry policy issues; propose proactive forestry policies, laws and guidelines, and submit an annual report on the Committee’s functions, activities, accomplishments, plans and objectives. The Committee must also recommend a comprehensive approach to urban forestry; advise on a tree inventory; review and comment on policies and programs related to forestry; promote and seek funding for a sustained forestry program; promote and foster a strong sense of community through urban forestry; communicate with other boards, agencies, and community residents about forestry issues; promote volunteerism; and act as a general information resource.
Members serve three year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair but not less than nine times per year in the evenings in Rockville.
Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying. The deadline for application is February 1, 2013.
Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Leggett’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of those selected for appointment are made public as part of the confirmation process.
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