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Release Date: 04/02/13
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BLM Montana/Dakotas Extends RAC Nomination Period

The Bureau of Land Management in Montana/Dakotas is extending the public call for nominations to fill 23 open positions on its four Resource Advisory Councils, which advise the BLM on public land issues. Nominations are due May 10, 2013.

The BLM’s 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 Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “The people who use and enjoy BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice on public land issues, and their input enhances our agency’s ability to administer and conserve these lands for current and future generations of Americans.”


Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. 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 decisionmaking. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations; a completed RAC application; and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

A term on a RAC is for three years. Following are the vacancies for each of the Montana/Dakotas RACs. Send nominations by May 10 to the contact(s) listed below.

Western Montana: six openings. Send nominations to David Abrams, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT, 59701, 406/533-7600. 

Central Montana: six openings. Send nominations to Kaylene Patten, 920 NE Main Street, Lewistown, MT, 59457, 406/538-1900. 

Eastern Montana: five openings. Send nominations to Mark Jacobsen, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT, 59301, 406/233-2800. 

Dakotas RAC: six openings. Send nominations by May 10 to Mark Jacobsen, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT, 59301, 406/233-2800. 

More information is available at This site also includes a link to the background nomination form.

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: 04-10-2013