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Release Date: 09/21/12
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Secretary Salazar Announces New Appointments to BLM Arizona Resource Advisory Council

Phoenix, Ariz. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced new appointments or re-appointments of five new members to Arizona’s 15 citizen-based Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues. The RAC is composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.

“The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the collaborative approach taken by the BLM in handling public land issues,” said Secretary Salazar.  “I want to welcome our newly appointed RAC members and salute them for their commitment to public service.  Their counsel will serve the BLM well as the agency works to ensure the health and productivity of America’s great outdoors.”

The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio of any Federal agency.  The BLM has established 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, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, Tribal officials, state and local government officials, academics, and others.

BLM Acting Director Mike Pool said, “RAC members represent a variety of professional backgrounds and perspectives, and together bring a balanced outlook that the BLM needs in managing the public lands for multiple uses.”

“I gladly welcome our newly appointed and reappointed members,” said BLM Arizona State Director Ray Suazo, “and I look forward to working with the Council in the development of balanced decisions that serve the interests of all public land users in Arizona.”

The BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, is responsible for managing various uses – such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production – while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.

Below are the newly appointed or newly re-appointed members of the Arizona RAC.  Their terms are for three years, and expire September 20, 2015.  

Dr. Larry Howery
Local Area/Academia
Carl Taylor
Thomas Hulen
Commercial Recreation
Maggie Sacher
Commercial Recreation
Marble Canyon
Jeffrey Sargent
Local Area/Public-At-Large
* Reappointment 
** New Appointment

The next RAC meeting has been scheduled November 29-30, 2012, at the BLM National Training Center in Phoenix.  For more information on the Arizona RAC, visit the BLM website at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 04-06-2015