Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) were created in 1995 to advise the BLM on land management programs and issues. Each RAC consists of local residents who represent three broad interest categories: commodity interests, non-commodity interests, and government/academic interests. RAC members are chosen by the Secretary of the Interior in consultation with the governor of the state in which they serve.
The Secretary of the Interior appoints citizens to staggered three-year terms on the Council. A list of potential appointees is generated by an annual public nomination process. Periodically, field trips are scheduled to various areas that are pertinent to a specific topic of discussion. All RAC meetings are open to the public and time is allotted at each meeting for the public to address the Council. Meeting minutes are available after each meeting and will be posted on this website.