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Resource Advisory Councils

Colorado Resource Advisory Councils

Colorado's Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) are official federal advisory committees that provide advice and recommendations on all aspects of public land management to BLM Colorado's Designated Federal Officers (DFO). The RACs operate on the principle of collaborative decision making and strive for consensus before making official recommendations to BLM.

Colorado has 3 resource advisory councils within its borders. Information relating to each of the specific advisory councils can be accessed via the links listed below:

Each RAC is comprised of 15 members representing a balance of public land resources and users.

  • Five members who represent commercial uses or users such as livestock grazing, timber production, mining, oil and gas, realty/rights-of-ways, off-highway vehicle groups and commercial recreation such as guides and outfitters.

  • Five members who represent environmental organizations, historic/cultural interests, wildlife and other conservation organizations, wild horse and burro interests and dispersed/general recreation users.

  • Five members who represent elected officials, state or other governmental agencies, Tribes, academic institutions, and the public-at-large

Advisory Council members are appointed to staggered three-year terms by the Secretary of the Interior. A list of potential appointees is generated by an annual public nomination process which begins in March or April and culminates with the appointment of new members, generall in mid-August.

Council members serve without compensation, but are eligible for per diem in accordance with BLM travel policies. Some overnight travel is necessary.

All three Colorado RACs operate under one set of Standard Operating Procedures, although each RAC is chartered separately by the Secretary of the Interior.

Colorado's RACs meet at various times and locations throughout their area of responsibility. All RAC meetings are open to the public and opportunities are provided at each meeting for the public to address the RAC. Meeting minutes are made available to the public within 30 days after each meeting.

BLM Colorado Joint RAC Meeting Information: 






Nomination Information

Nomination Form (PDF)

2016 National Call for Nominations (Federal Register Notice)

Contact Information

Southwest RAC - Shannon Borders ( at (970) 240-5300 or Barb Sharrow ( at (970) 240-5336, or write to 2465 S. Townsend, Montrose, CO 81401.

Northwest RAC - Chris Joyner ( at (970) 970 244-3097.

Rocky Mountain RAC - Kyle Sullivan ( at (719) 269-8553, or write to 3028 East Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212.