|Date:||April 4, 2003|
|To:||Regional Interagency Executive Committee (see attached distribution list)|
|From:||David E. Busch, Acting Executive Director|
|Subject:||April 2003 Regional Interagency Executive Committee Meeting Notes|
Enclosed please find notes briefly summarizing the discussion and agreements from the Regional Interagency Executive Committee (RIEC) meeting on April 1, 2003 held at the Double Tree Hotel, Lloyd Center located at 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon 97220. The RIEC agreed upon several items which provided direction for the new Memorandum of Understanding. The committee also set up several action items which included:
As a reminder, future meeting dates include:
- RIEC members are to provide comments and clarification ideas regarding the RIEC operating principles to Dave Busch, Acting REO Executive Director by April 8, 2003.
- RIEC members were asked to review the draft NWFP revised MOU (included in the prework and discussed at the meeting) to Dave Busch, Acting REO Executive Director by April 8, 2003.
- The RIEC Futures Subcommittee (Linda Goodman, Dave Powers, Mike Crouse, and Anne Badgley) will work with the staff work group to redraft the operating principles and MOU and present this at a future RIEC meeting.
- And finally, RIEC members were asked to review the RIEC distribution list and provide any comments or changes to Becky Loomis (503-808-2167 or email@example.com).
June 3, 2003 - Northwest Natural Resources Forum
July 1, 2003 - Regular RIEC meeting
August 3, 2003 - RIEC/Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Meetings
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these notes, do not hesitate to contact your REO representative, or REO Management Analyst Kath Collier.
• April 2003 RIEC Meeting Notes
To: Regional Interagency Executive Committee Members & Designated Alternates
Anne Badgley, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Rowan Gould, US Fish & Wildlife Service (Alt)
Elaine M. Brong, Bureau of Land Management
Judy Nelson, Bureau of Land Management (Alt)
Jon Jarvis, National Park Service
Jim Shevock, National Park Service (Alt)
Linda Goodman, Forest Service
Lisa Freedman, Forest Service (Alt)
Bob Graham, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Col. Richard W. Hobernicht, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Curt Loop, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Alt)
Anne Kinsinger, USGS Western Region
Dave Busch, USGS/REO (Alt)
Robert Lohn, National Marine Fisheries Service
Mike Crouse, National Marine Fisheries Service (Alt)
Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Western Ecology Division, EPA
Dan McKenzie, Western Ecology Division, EPA (Alt)
Dave Powers, Environmental Protection Agency
Dan Opalski, Environmental Protection Agency (Alt)
Stan M. Speaks, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Alex Whistler, Bureau of Indian Affairs (Alt)
Tom Quigley, Pacific Northwest Station, Forest Service
Cindi West, Pacific Northwest Station, Forest Service (Alt)
California Federal Executives
Kent Connaughton, Forest Service
Kathy Anderson, Forest Service (Alt)
Steve Thompson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
John Engbring, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Alt)
Phil Detrich, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Alt)
Michael Pool, Bureau of Land Management
Paul Roush, Bureau of Land Management (Alt)
|REO Contact/Phone: Dave Busch, 503-808-2192|
|Topic: RIEC Operating Principles and New NWFP MOU|
|Issue Statement: The RIEC reviewed draft operating principles and provided direction regarding specific aspects of the initial draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Timeframes and next steps relative to both topics were agreed upon.|
|Summary of Discussion: RIEC Operating
Principles. The RIEC reviewed the list of draft operating
principles and discussed several items in detail. Key concepts raised
during the discussion include:
RIEC members agreed to provide any additional comments regarding the operating principles to Dave Busch by Tuesday, April 8, 2003. The REO will revise the draft and work with a RIEC subcommittee to finalize a set of operating principles for RIEC approval. The revision will clarify the role of the core group and what is meant by implementation issues, include previously developed language regarding collaboration, and address any other comments that may arise.
NWFP MOU. The RIEC discussed several aspects of the draft MOU and agreed on the following concepts:
During follow-up conversations regarding MOU signatories, questions were raised regarding the extent to which the NWFP MOU can address the ISC if it is signed at the regional level. The REO will seek additional input from agency attorneys and draft a separate MOU for potential use by ISC members in lieu of having them as parties to this MOU.
RIEC members agreed to provide any additional comments regarding the draft MOU to Dave Busch by Tuesday, April 8. (Note: at the IAC meeting in the afternoon, IAC members were provided with the draft MOU and the same comment window.) The REO will work with a RIEC subcommittee to revise the draft MOU by April 25. The revision will address the bold bullets (as shown in the draft MOU provided to RIEC and IAC members) along with any other comments. The full RIEC will be given a brief opportunity to review the revised draft before it is forwarded to Washington, D.C.
Updates were provided on related topics as follows:
|Next Steps (who/what/when):
RIEC operating principles
|Presenter/Sponsor: Elaine Brong|
|REO Staff: Dave Busch and Teresa Kubo|
|Topic: Preview of April 1, 2003 IAC|
|Issue Statement: Preview of April 1, 2003 IAC|
|Summary of Discussion: Elaine Brong informed the group that the FACA charter for IAC had been signed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Special thanks were extended to Linda Goodman for seeing that this accomplishment was achieved. In response to a question about the status of FACA rechartering for the PACs, it was pointed out that they had not been rechartered and that FS-Public Affairs has responsibility for this action. Two principal agenda themes were outlined by Dave Busch. The first of these was a panel discussion on social and economic factors. The second major theme was an update on the future direction of the NWFP, including the development of a new MOU.|
Tribal Monitoring - The Tribal IAC representatives sent a letter outlining concerns with the tribal effectiveness monitoring program to Elaine Brong and Steve Odell. Dave Busch pointed out the likelihood for this issue to come up at the IAC meeting, in view of the agenda's focus on social/economic issues and the MOU revision. Jon Martin briefed the group on the letter and a meeting held on March 31 with monitoring program staff and tribal personnel to discuss the tribal monitoring module. Jon alerted the RIEC to the possibility that the tribal IAC representatives would request that the RIEC reactivate the tribal monitoring advisory group. The RIEC felt that reactivating the tribal advisory group makes sense, and that they should work through the Monitoring Program Managers and Interagency Monitoring Team to provide advice.
Northwest Natural Resources Forum - Dave Busch provided an update to the RIEC on the planned June 3, 2003 forum meeting. Anne Badgley and Bob Graham continue to be committed to fleshing out concepts and an agenda related to a theme of "water issues for the coming year." REO staff have begun checking on logistical issues for the planned forum.
Questions on Status Reports: No questions were received; Kath Collier offered that several agencies have signed the MOU for the Budget exemptions and that interagency agreements were being developed with the appropriate agency staff to complete this task.
Meeting evaluation: No comments or suggestions were received.
Future Potential Topics:
- Effectiveness Monitoring Updates - Tribal
- NWFP Implementation in California (Jack W. Thomas Review)
- Potential Implementation Monitoring Modeling (Healthy Forests counterpart regulations)
- Wrap on Budget MOU
- RIEC Operating Principles
- Report on MOU revision and ISC status
April 2003 RIEC Meeting Attendees
|Kath Anderson||FS CA R5||Jon Jarvis||NPS PW|
|Gary Benson||PNW REO||Curt Loop||COE|
|Elaine M. Brong||BLM OR/WA||Becky Loomis||REO|
|Dave Busch||USGS REO||Ken Mabery||NPS REO|
|Kath Collier||BLM REO||Jon Martin||Monitoring|
|Kent Connaughton||USFS R5||Barry Mulder||FWS|
|Mike Crouse||NOAA||Roger Nesbit||Regional Solicitor's Office|
|Linda Goodman||USDA FS||Dave Powers||EPA|
|Bob Graham||NRCS||Debbie Pietrzak||BLM REO|
|Becky Gravenmier||PNW||Tom Quigley||PNW|
|Dale Guenther||FS REO||Paul Roush||BLM CA|
|Dianne Guidry||NRCS||Jay Watson||FWS REO|
|Rich Hobernicht||USACE||Alex Whistler||BIA NWRO|
3/27/2003 Prework Package
Proposed Agenda (separate sheet)
Summary of Results 2002 Survey & Manage Annual Species Review
3/31/2003 March 2003 RIEC meeting notes
RIEC/IAC Contact List
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