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Secretary Salazar Announces New Appointments to Bureau of Land Management Dakotas Resource Advisory Council

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the appointment of three new and two reappointed members to the Dakotas Resource Advisory Councils (RAC), which advises Interior’s Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

“The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils help ensure that the management of our public lands and resources are guided by a wide range of perspectives and by the input of citizens and local communities.” said Secretary Salazar. “I welcome our new RAC members and commend them for their service on behalf of America’s public lands. Their input and recommendations will help us restore our treasured landscapes and ensure that we are harnessing the benefits of these lands in a balanced way." 

The councils, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in various fields of natural resource use and management, help the bureau carry out its stewardship of 253 million acres of public lands. The agency, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 12 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-Montana/Dakotas State Director Gene Terland.  “Their diversity results in a balanced outlook that the bureau needs as it carries out its multiple-use mission. The BLM is responsible for managing these various uses – such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production – while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.”
Below are the newly appointed members of the Dakotas RAC. Information about upcoming RAC meetings will be announced as soon as it becomes available.
Tom Cooper-SD (public-at-large) reappointment
Jeffrey Buechler-SD (archeologic/historic) reappointment
Jeff Herman-ND (energy/minerals) new
David Straley-ND (energy/minerals) new
Viola Waln-SD (Native American tribes) new

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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