DATE: June 29, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-43
BLM ANNOUNCES RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory
Council (RAC) will meet on July 14 & 15, 2005, at the BLM Battle Mountain Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day.
The meeting will begin with a day-long field tour of the Carrico Lake Allotment on July
14th. The tour will depart the Battle Mountain Field Office at 8:00 a.m. and should return by 5:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome to participate in the field tour but need to provide their own transportation and lunch. High clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles are required for the tour.
Topics to be discussed at the Friday business meeting include the Ely Field Office Resource Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project EIS (also called the Southern Nevada Water Authority pipeline project). Other topics to be discussed at the meeting include Rangeland Monitoring Partnership and a Mining update.
The Federal Land Policy and Management Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to involve the public in planning and discussion of issues related to management of BLM administered public lands. The three Resource Advisory Councils in Nevada accommodate this community participation directive. The Councils’ membership represents interests in mining, environmental, wild horse and burro, Native American, livestock, state agencies, and elected officials.
The RAC provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and manage- ment of the public lands. Meetings are open to the public and public comment periods are included in each meeting. This forum provides an excellent opportunity for people to ask questions of the citizen-based advisory council or to make comments that may assist RACs in their planning efforts. The public comment period will begin at 10:00 a.m. on July 15th. For more information about the RAC meeting, contact Mike Brown at the BLM Elko Field Office, (775) 753-0386.