The Dakotas Resource Advisory Council (RAC) is an official
federal advisory committee providing expert guidance on the
management of public lands in North and South Dakota.
The RAC generates solutions to public-land issues and provides
opportunities for public participation in land-management
decisions at the local and state level. Conflict resolution is
stimulated by open discussion and collaboration rather than
formal appeal or litigation.
The Secretary of the Interior appoints citizens to staggered,
three year terms, with one-third of the members subject to
appointment--or reappointment--each year. Appointees are
selected from a list generated by an annual public nomination
Membership is balanced by area of expertise, geographic locality,
point of view, and embraces the following categories:
- Five members represent holders of Federal grazing permits,
interests associated with transportation rights-of-way,
commercial timber industry, and energy & mineral
- Five members represent regionally & nationally recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreational
activities, and archeological & historical interests;
- Five members hold state, county, or local elected office,
are employed by a state agency responsible for management of
natural resources, represent Indian tribes, are employed as
academicians in natural resource management or the natural
sciences, or represent the public at large.
The Dakotas RAC helped develop BLM's Grazing Standards and
Guidelines. They are presently reviewing Travel Management
Standards and Guidelines, which includes regulation of off-highway motorized travel.
Council meetings are held two to three times per year, alternating between
locations in North and South Dakota. Field trips are often
included. Douglas Burger, Manager of the North Dakota Field
Office, serves as the Designated Federal Official and hosts RAC