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Release Date: 07/09/14
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BLM Announces Appointments to Council to Help Advise Agency on Balanced Management of Nation’s Public Lands

Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced new appointments or reappointments of members to Utah’s citizen-based Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues. The RACs are composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.
"Our Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the BLM’s collaborative approach to public land management,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “I want to welcome our newly appointed RAC members and thank them for their commitment to public service.”
The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its nationwide stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio federal agency. The BLM has 28 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, such as ranchers, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, tribal officials, state and local government officials, scientists, and others.
“RAC members come from different backgrounds and reflect a wide range of perspectives,” said BLM Utah State Director, Juan Palma. “Their diversity results in a balanced outlook that the bureau needs as it carries out its multiple-use mission.” 
The newly appointed or newly re-appointed members of the Utah RAC, serving three-year terms, are: 
Chad Baker, Energy/Minerals, Salt Lake City
Callee Butcher, Energy/Minerals, Salt Lake City
Jim Allison, Archaeology/History (reappointment), American Fork
Cimarron Chacon, Public-at-Large, St. George
Information about upcoming RAC meetings will be announced as soon as it becomes available. 

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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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-14-2014