BOISE, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho State Office today announced that it is seeking public nominations for 22 open positions on its four District Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), which advise the BLM on public land issues on nearly 12 million acres of public land in Idaho. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days.
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 in the nation. 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 or expertise 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 helps ensure that BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.
“The advice given to the BLM by these citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils is a vital part of the BLM’s collaborative approach to land management,” said BLM Acting Idaho State Director Tim Murphy. “Citizen input enhances our agency’s ability to administer and conserve these lands for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations of Americans.”
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 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 RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
The BLM in Idaho has four RAC’s, one each for the Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene districts. Each of the four RACs has different positions open 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 must be received by March 27, 2014, and should be sent to your local BLM district office listed below:
- BLM Boise District Office, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, ID 83705
Attention: RAC Coordinator Marsha Buchanan, email email@example.com, phone (208) 384-3364.
- BLM Twin Falls District, 2536 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls, ID 83301
Attention: RAC Coordinator Heather Tiel-Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (208) 736-2352.
- BLM Idaho Falls District, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401-2100
Attention: RAC Coordinator Sarah Wheeler, email@example.com, phone (208) 524-7550.
- BLM Coeur d’Alene District, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Attention: RAC Coordinator Suzanne Endsley, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (208) 769-5004.
To learn more about BLM Idaho RACs and to access the nomination application form, visit the BLM Idaho website at: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/get_involved/resource_advisory.html. For more information on the specific vacancies in your area, please contact your local RAC Coordinator.