U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona State Office
|Release Date: 09/21/12|
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.
** 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 http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/res/rac.html
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
|Last updated: 09-21-2012|
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