The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) was established pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 9682 (December 4, 2017) and it’s approved charter, which outlines the membership, roles, and responsibilities (September 5, 2018).
Presidential Proclamation 9682, Modifying the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and § 309 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1739) directs the Secretary to establish a 15- member citizen-based advisory council that is consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). As required by FACA, committee membership must be balanced and representative of the various interests concerned with the management of the public lands. The rules governing advisory councils and committees are found at 43 CFR subpart 1784.
As outlined in the Monument Management Plan, the Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) is comprised of 15 members. The members are all volunteers and citizens representing a variety of local interests and expertise including tribal representatives, cultural resources, paleontology, state and local government, livestock permittees and private landowners, local businesses, state and local government, recreation, conservation and hunting, and the public at large. The MAC's primary task is to provide consensus based input supporting secretarial priorities and managing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Grand Staircase-Escalante MAC is a type of Resource Advisory Council (RAC). RACs were established by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1739), as citizen advisory groups to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These citizen-based groups provide an opportunity for individuals from all backgrounds and interests to have a voice in the management of America's public lands, and to help improve their health and productivity. Members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve 3-year terms and may be re-appointed. Each MAC consists of 10 to 15 members from diverse interests in local communities, including ranchers, environmental groups, tribes, state and local government officials, academics, and other public land users.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be nominated to a Monument Advisory Committee (MAC)?
Calls for nominations are announced in the Federal Register and through news releases. During open nomination periods individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees will be reviewed 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 include a completed application, at least one letter of reference, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.
How do I apply to be appointed to the GSENM MAC?
Future calls for nominations are published in the Federal Register. For more information regarding the qualifications and composition of the GSENM Monument Advisory Committee, please refer to the committee charter.
How do you submit a nomination?
Please use the RAC Application form here to submit a nomination for a MAC or a RAC. Please note this is a standard form for RACs, if you have questions about how to use it in applying for a MAC, please contact the MAC coordinator listed on the right hand side of this page. Nominations should be mailed or emailed by the closing date on the call for nominations to the point of contact for the MAC.
What happens after a nomination is submitted?
The BLM and the Utah Governor’s Office review all nominations and make recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior also reviews all nomination packages and considers recommendations from the BLM and Utah Governor's Office prior to making final selections. The Department of the Interior sends appointment letters to approved advisory committee members.
How often does the MAC meet? Can anyone attend?
The Grand Staircase-Escalante MAC is expected to meet two-four times per year. Meetings will be announced through news releases and the Federal Register. Meetings and field trips are generally open to the public to observe and also include time for the public to speak to the MAC. Meeting notes will be posted to this website after they are reviewed and approved by the Committee Chairperson and Designated Federal Official. Harry Barber, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Manager (Acting) is the Designated Federal Official. During the first meeting, the MAC will select its Chairperson.