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Eastern Montana - Dakotas District
Release Date: 11/05/12
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BLM announces RAC appointments

MILES CITY, Mont. --- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced new appointments or reappointments of members to Montana’s citizen-based Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues. The RACs are composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.

“The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the collaborative approach taken by the BLM in handling public land issues,” said Montana/Dakotas State Director Jamie E. Connell. “I want to welcome our newly appointed RAC members and salute them for their commitment to public service. Their counsel will serve the BLM well as the agency works to ensure the health and productivity of America’s great outdoors.”
The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its nation-wide stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio of any federal agency. The BLM has established 28 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, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, tribal officials, state and local government officials, academics, and others.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new and reappointed RAC members and hearing their perspectives on our complex multiple-use issues,” said District Manager Diane Friez, who is also the RAC’s Designated Federal Officer. “These members play a key role in advising the BLM in management of the public lands, and I’m grateful for the time they devote to assist us.”

The BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, 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 or newly re-appointed members of the Eastern Montana RAC which will meet next Dec. 6 in Billings:

• Mack Cole, Hysham (energy)
• Larry Pilster, Alzada (federal grazing)
• Rita Harding, Billings (environmental organizations)
• Becky Kallevig, Sidney (archaeological/historical interests)
• Bill Kennedy, Billings (elected official) reappointment

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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: 11-05-2012