Federal Coordinating Committee (FCC)
In June 2010, the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and Interior formalized their commitment to the America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative and the goal of restoring 8 million acres in a Memorandum of Understanding. This landmark agreement also established the FCC, a committee to coordinate efforts among federal agencies to restore the longleaf pine ecosystem across nine Southern States. The Federal agencies are working with over 30 State agencies and NGO's who have signed a Declaration of Partnerships that commits each organization to being actively engaged in the restoration effort.
The principle agency contacts for the FCC are:
- Department of Agriculture: Ken Arney, USDA Forest Service, Acting Regional Forester; James Tillman, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Acting Associate Chief for Conservation for the Southeast Region
- Department of Defense: Pete Potochney, Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment)
- Department of Interior: Mike Oetker, USFWS Acting Regional Director
The FCC activities are supported by the following staff from the participating agencies:
- Department of Defense: Ryan Orndorff, Program Director, Department of Defense Natural Resources Program
- USDA: Tim Albritton, Alabama State Forester; Luther Jones, Conservation Initiative Coordinator
- USDA, Forest Service: Kay Reed, Director of Cooperative Forestry; Frank Beum, Director of Forest Management for the Southern Region; Kyle Jones, Regional Longleaf Restoration Coordinator.
- USDA, Farm Service Agency: David Hoge, Agricultural Program Specialist
- Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Aaron Valenta, Division Chief for Partnerships; Clay Ware, Longleaf Pine Recovery Coordinator, all of the SE Region (R4)