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Release Date: 01/30/13
Contacts: Denise Adamic, 719-269-8553    

BLM Seeks Nominations to Front Range Resource Advisory Council (01-29-13)


 
CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management’s Front Range District is seeking nominations for five positions on its Resource Advisory Council, which advises BLM Colorado on public land issues.
 
The BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.  The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, 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, including such individuals as 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.
 
“Each of the RACs lend their unique combination of geographic and resource expertise to inform the BLM’s decisions,” said Acting BLM Director Mike Pool.  “The members of our RACs help our field offices by acting as sounding boards in all types of resource management issues.  They are a tremendous resource for field managers across the West.”
 
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the advisory council.  Nominees, who must be residents of the state 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 open positions on the Front Range RAC include one (1) in category one, two (2) in category two, and two (2) in category three. The descriptions of these RAC positions are as follows:
·         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 submitted by Mar. 14 to the Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Denise Adamic, 3028 East Main St., Cañon City, Colo., 81212. Additional information and nomination forms can be found by logging on to: www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Resources/racs/frrac.html or by calling Adamic at 719-269-8553.



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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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