Who We Are
The RIEC is composed of Regional Directors from the various land management, regulatory, research, and other relevant agencies in the Federal government located in Northern California, Western Oregon, and Western Washington which include:
- Army Corps of Engineers
- Bureau of Land Management (USDI)
- Bureau of Indian Affair (USDI)
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Research Division
- Fish & Wildlife Service (USDI)
- Forest Service (USDA)
- Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station (USDA)
- Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (USDA)
- Geological Survey, Western Research Region (USDI)
- National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA), Northwest Region
- National Park Service (USDI)
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA)
BLM OR/WA State Director Ed Shepard serves as RIEC Chair for 2011.
What We Do
The Regional Interagency Executive Committee (RIEC) serves as the senior regional entity to assure the prompt, coordinated, and successful implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) at the regional level. The RIEC serves as the principle conduit for communications between the region and the national entities.
The Memorandum of Understanding between Federal agencies describes the RIEC as being responsible for developing, evaluating, and resolving consistency and implementation issues with respect to specific topics including, but not limited to: watershed analysis, restoration guidelines, Endangered Species Act requirements, adaptive management guidelines, monitoring, and research. The RIEC also reviews proposals for consistency with objectives contained in the Record of Decision, exemptions, and proposed changes to the Standards and Guidelines.
Most meetings are held in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Attendance is typically limited to RIEC committee members or their alternates, Regional Ecosystem Office staff, invited agency staff specialists, and presenters. For information about the meetings, please contact an agency representative.
The RIEC seeks advice from the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC), constituted under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, regarding implementation of the NWFP and coordinates with the IAC to improve integration of forest ecosystem management activities among Federal and non-Federal government entities across jurisdictional boundaries.
The RIEC has the prerogative to create ad hoc or standing sub-committees that typically include a RIEC representative or two, and technical staff specialists, and/or managerial staff from various agencies. Status reports from these committees are provided to the full RIEC during normal meetings.