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Western Montana District Office
Release Date: 04/24/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 ,

BLM Issues Second Call for Nominations to Resource Advisory Council

BUTTE (April 24, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management in Montana has re-opened the call for nominations for five open positions on its Western Montana Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues.  The BLM will consider the nominations for the RAC until May 23.

The BLM’s RACs, comprised 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.

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 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 positions open on the Western Montana District RAC are in the following categories:

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.

Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

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.

Nominations should be sent by May 23 to David Abrams, Butte Bureau of Land Management, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT, 59701.  Nominations will also be accepted by email to  Each applicant must submit a nomination form, accompanied by at least one letter of endorsement from someone representing an organization which could fall under the category to which the individual is applying.

More information and a link to the nomination form can be found online 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.

Western Montana District Office   106 North Parkmont      Butte, MT 59701  

Last updated: 04-24-2014