Resource advisory councils (RACs) were created in 1995 to advise the BLM on land management programs and issues. Each RAC consists of local residents who represent three broad interest categories: commodity interests, non-commodity interests, and government/academic interests. RAC members are chosen by the Secretary of the Interior in consultation with the governor of the state in which they serve.
The Western, Central and Eastern Montana RACs consider issues that affect BLM lands in Montana. The Dakotas RAC covers public lands in both North and South Dakota.