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Release Date: 02/06/12
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BLM Seeking RAC Nominations for Western Montana District

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for five open positions on its Western Montana Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues. Nominations are due March 12, 2012.

The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, including such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, Tribal officials, and academics. The diverse membership of each RAC is aimed at achieving a balanced outlook that the BLM needs for its mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.

“I value the advice given to the BLM by these citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “The people who live, work, and recreate near or on BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice on public land issues, and their input will enhance our agency’s ability to manage the public lands for multiple uses while conserving resources for future generations.”

In recent years, the Western Montana BLM RAC has addressed such issues as recreation fees, abandoned mine reclamation, travel management plans, and the Mountain States Transmission Intertie (MSTI) project.

“We feel the RAC is an important component in how we manage public lands and resources,” said Western Montana BLM District Manager Rick Hotaling.  “We take the RAC’s recommendations very seriously in decisions we make concerning America’s treasured landscapes.”

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the  advisory council for a three-year term.  Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be judged 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 accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations; a completed background information nomination form; and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The five RAC positions open in western Montana are in the following categories:

Three openings in Category One: public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

One opening in Category Two: representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

One opening in Category Three: representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

To download a nomination form, go to:
For more information, contact David Abrams, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT, 59701, (406) 533-7600 or by email at

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: 06-28-2012