U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 11/22/11|
BLM's Central Montana Resource Advisory Council to Meet in Lewistown
The Bureau of Land Management’s Central Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet December 6 and 7, at the BLM’s Central Montana District Office, at 930 NE Main, in Lewistown.
The December 6 meeting will begin at 10:00 am with a 30-minute public comment period. The council will then consider a number of topics including a charter review, new member orientation, a presentation from the Montana Associate State Director, information about the upcoming greater sage grouse planning effort and district managers’ updates.
The December 7 meeting will begin at 8:00 am with a 30-minute public comment period. Following public comment the RAC will participate in a 2012 work plan exercise, hear a presentation from Category 1, and field briefings on the user statistics from this past recreation season on the Upper Missouri River and the purpose for the National Landscape Conservation System.
This council is a 15-member citizen advisory group that advises the Secretary of the Interior on a variety of management issues associated with public land management in Montana.
Secretary of the Interior Salazar recently appointed four new members and reappointed one member to this council. Jason Birdwell and Clive Rooney (both from Lewistown) Dana Darlington from Big Sandy, and Dan Kluck from Malta, are new appointees to the RAC; and Ron Poertner from Winifred, was reappointed. All will serve three-year terms.
Members of the public are encouraged to offer their comments or concerns about BLM managed public lands during the public comment portion of these meetings. The public is also welcome to attend and observe all RAC meetings.
For additional information about the RAC or this meeting, contact Kaylene Patten or Craig Flentie at 406-538-1900.
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.
Lewistown Field Office 920 NE Main Lewistown, MT 59457
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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