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BLM seeks nominations to Resource Advisory councils

Posted: February 10, 2012 - 1:03am

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska announced it is seeking public nominations for five open positions on its Resource Advisory Council, which advises BLM Alaska on public land issues.

The Federal Register published the formal call for nominations on Jan. 25. The deadline for nominations is March 12.

Resource advisory councils with BLM Alaska are composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the bureau carry out its stewardship over 245 million acres of public lands.

BLM has 29 RACs across the west, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest in public land management. Participants include conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, tribal officials and academics. The diverse membership of each RAC is aimed at achieving a balanced outlook that the BLM needs for its mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.

“I value the advice given to the BLM by these citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “The people who live, work, and recreate near or on BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice on public land issues, and their input will enhance our agency’s ability to manage the public lands for multiple uses while conserving resources for future generations.”

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees 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 background information nomination form; and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications. The five positions open on the BLM Alaska Resource Advisory Council are in the following categories: One vacancy in Category One: Representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use and commercial recreation. One vacancy in Category Two: Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, and dispersed recreation activities. Three vacancies in 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.

Nomination forms may be found on the BLM Alaska web site at:http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/res/rac.html. Nominations should be sent by Monday, March 12 to BLM Alaska, Attn: Thom Jennings, 222 W. 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513. Nominations may also be faxed to 907-271-5421 or emailed to tjenning@blm.gov.

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