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Release Date: 07/17/13
Contacts: Kyle Sullivan, BLM Public Affairs Specialist (303) 239-3861    

BLM seeks nominations for position on Rio Grande Natural Area Commission (07-16-13)

SAGUACHE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking to fill one vacancy on its Rio Grande Natural Area Commission.

The Rio Grande Natural Area Commission is a nine-member group created to advise the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the Natural Area and to develop a non-binding management plan for the non-federal land within the Natural Area. 

Members serve without monetary compensation and meet quarterly. Nominees can expect to commit 15-40 hours or more annually for meetings, field trips, document reviews and other involvement.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the following website:

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. All nominations must include a nomination form and at least one letter of reference.  Final selections may take several months and will be made by the Secretary of the Interior.           

Nominations need to be received by August 15, 2013 and should be submitted to:  Kyle Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Front Range District Office, 3028 East Main St., Cañon City, CO 81212.  Phone: (303) 239-3861.

The Rio Grande Natural Area was established on Oct. 12, 2006, to conserve, restore, and protect the natural, historic, cultural, scientific, scenic, wildlife and recreational resources of the 33-mile stretch of the Rio Grande River between the southern end of the Alamosa Wildlife Refuge and the Colorado-New Mexico state border. The Natural Area encompasses 5,900 acres of private land, and 2,900 acres of BLM lands within ¼ mile of the river’s banks.

 For more information about the RGNA call Kyle Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist at 303-239-3861 or log on to

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: 07-17-2013