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Release Date: 01/31/12
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Seeking RAC Nominations for Central Montana District

Interest groups and individuals have until March 12, 2012, to submit nominations for the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC).

This council is a 15-member citizen advisory group that closely involves citizens with public resource issues, decisions and management. 

The RAC is organized by three categories that evenly distribute participation among various interests. Category 1 consists of livestock, timber, oil and gas, rights of way and outfitting representatives as well as other commercial interests in public lands. Category 2 includes representatives of state and national environmental organizations, dispersed recreation and historical interests. Category 3 includes elected officials, state employees, Native American Tribes and the public-at-large.

This year the BLM is seeking nominations for two openings in Category 1, two in Category 2, and one in Category 3.
To be nominated for one of these seats, an individual needs to submit a brief nomination form and a letter or letters of support from his or her peers. These nominations are due by March 12, and should be sent to Stan Benes, Central Montana District Manager, 920 NE Main, Lewistown, MT 59457. 

Council members are selected by the Secretary of the Interior and are appointed for staggered three-year terms. RAC members are not paid, however they do receive per diem for travel expenses related to RAC activities. This council meets about four times per year at various locations throughout north central Montana.

“This council works in an advisory capacity and has proven to be very effective. They’ve addressed a variety of public land and resource issues and do an excellent job of working through the consensus process and making management recommendations,” Benes added.

This council considers public land issues across much of north central Montana (from the Snowy Mountains north to the Canadian border and from the Rocky Mountain Front east to Glasgow) and the BLM is very interested in having RAC members from throughout this area.
Nomination forms are available at local BLM offices, online at, or by calling Craig Flentie at 538-1943.

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