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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 01/31/13
Contacts: Rena Gutierrez , 575-525-4338  

BLM Las Cruces District Seeks Advisory Council Nominations


Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District announces that it is seeking public nominations for three positions on its Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues within the Las Cruces District. As advertised in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until March 14, 2013.
 
The RAC, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Las Cruces District carry out its stewardship of more than 5.4 million acres of public lands. The RAC consists of 10members 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 the 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.
 
“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 RAC. Nominees, who must be residents of the State of New Mexico, will be judged on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the RAC’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.
 
On the Las Cruces District RAC, there is currently one 3-year term open in each of 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, or commercial recreation.
 
Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, or 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; or the public-at-large.
 
To receive an application, contact Las Cruces District RAC Coordinator Rena Gutierrez at (575) 525-4338 or by e-mail at rgutierr@blm.gov. You can also download the application at: www.blm.gov/nm/racs. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 14, 2013. Individuals may submit their signed applications by either e-mail to the above e-mail address or by mail to the Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District Office, Attention: RAC Coordinator Rena Gutierrez, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005.


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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Last updated: 01-31-2013