GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is extending the nomination deadline for the five open positions on its Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council through June 4.
The Northwest Resource Advisory Council is a 15-member, citizen-based group that advises the BLM’s Northwest Colorado District regarding public land and resource management, including land-use planning, energy development, recreation, fire management, livestock grazing, and wild horse and burro herd management. BLM Colorado first announced this year’s nomination period for the NW RAC in February.
“Citizen-based recommendations from the Resource Advisory Councils enhance our ability to manage public lands and achieve multiple-use goals,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “The people who live, work, and recreate near or on BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice in the planning process and their input serves as a valuable tool in the decision-making process.”
The Bureau is looking for a diverse group of people representing industry, environmental organizations, historical and archaeological groups, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and the general public.
In its review of candidates, the BLM will evaluate individuals on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographical area. Nominees, who must be residents of Colorado, must complete a nomination form available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Resources/racs/nwrac.html, and submit at least one letter of reference. Nominees can also submit additional information that speaks to their qualifications. All nominations will be given full consideration.
The BLM, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 28 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. Members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve an initial three-year term and may be reappointed to serve additional three-year terms. 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.
The five RAC positions open in the Northwest RAC are in the following categories:
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.
Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.
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 should be sent by June 4, 2012, to David Boyd, Attn: NW RAC, Bureau of Land Management, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652.
For more information on BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils, please visit www.blm.gov.
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.