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BLM seeking nominations to Resource Advisory Council

Nov 15, 2013 - From staff reports

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting applications until Dec. 13.

The Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming has announced that it is seeking public nominations for three open positions on its Wyoming Resource Advisory Council, which will advise the BLM on public land issues.The BLM will accept nominations until Dec. 13.

The BLM's Resource Advisory Councils, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 253 million acres of public lands.

The BLM, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 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, including 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 the BLM needs for its mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.

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 geographic area. Nominees also should 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 three RAC positions open in Wyoming are:

- Category One -- one vacancy -- 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.

- Category Two -- one vacancy -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

- Category Three -- one vacancy -- 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 should be sent to Christian Venhuizen, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY 82003: or FAX to 775-6003, or e-mail cvenhuizen@blm.gov.

For more information and to download a nomination form, visit http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/advcom/rac.html.

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