The Bureau of Land Management recently announced that it is seeking public nominations for five open positions on its Southwest District Resource Advisory Councils (RAC), which advise the BLM on public land issues.
The deadline to submit a nomination is March 14.
Each RAC consists of 10-15 members with an interest or expertise in public land management, including such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, Tribal officials, and academics. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.
"The members of our RACs help our field offices by acting as sounding boards in all types of resource management issues," said acting BLM Director Mike Pool.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be judged on the basis of their training, education and knowledge of the council's geographical area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations; a completed RAC application; and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications. To complete the nomination form, go to http://on.doi.gov/yIOMcT.
The Southwest RAC is looking to fill five openings, in the following categories:
• Two openings for Category One – Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation;
• One opening for Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations; and
• Two openings for Category Three – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.
Nominations for the Southwest District (Gunnison, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre Field Offices) RAC must be submitted by Thursday, March 14, to the Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Shannon Borders, 2465 S. Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401.
Additional requirements can be found online at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Resources/racs/swrac.html or by calling Borders at 240-5399.blog comments powered by Disqus