The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada announced today that it is reopening the public call for nominations for five open positions on its Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (SFNW RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues. The BLM will consider the nominations for 30 days after June 3, 2013, when the agency is published its notice in the Federal Register announcing the reopening of nominations.
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. 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 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 is aimed at achieving a balanced outlook that the BLM needs for its mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.
“I value the advice given to the BLM by these citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils,” said BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “The people who use and enjoy BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice on public land issues, and their input enhances our agency’s ability to administer and conserve these lands for 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 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 background information nomination form; and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.
The five RAC positions open on the SFNW RAC are in the following categories:
One vacancy in 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.
One vacancy in Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.
Three vacancies in 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.
The SFNW RAC would like to find nominees for the energy and minerals, wild horse and burro, environmental organizations, elected official and tribal representative positions but interested persons may apply for any position in the three categories.
Nominations should be sent by July 3 to Lisa Ross, SFNW RAC coordinator, 5655 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nev. 89701. Questions can be directed to 775-885-6107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.