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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

August 12, 2011

1784 (MT912.MA) P                                                                                     
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-071
Expires: 9/30/2012
To:             District Managers, Field Managers and RAC Coordinators
From:         State Director
Subject:     Resource Advisory Council Standard Operating Procedures
Program Area: Resource Advisory Councils (RACs)
Purpose: To define operating procedures for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Montana/Dakotas Western Montana, Central Montana, Eastern Montana, and Dakotas RACs.
Policy/Action: The attached Standard Operating Procedures supplement the individual RAC charters according to which each Montana/Dakotas RAC must operate.
Timeframe: This policy is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: None.
Background: The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) generally requires the establishment of BLM advisory councils. BLM Montana/Dakotas currently maintains four RACs, each of which has an individual charter signed by the Secretary of the Interior. The charter authorizes each RAC and outlines broad procedures for its operation. The Standard Operating Procedures provide direction on the more detailed aspects of each RAC’s operation. Up until 2007, the charters contained all of the standard operating procedures. In that year, the Washington Office took those procedures out of the charters and created the separate SOPs. The 2011 SOPs update a few provisions of the 2007 version.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: This IM was coordinated with District and Field Managers, District RAC Coordinators, and the State RAC Coordinator.
Contact: Any questions related to this memorandum should be addressed to Mary Apple, State RAC Coordinator, Montana State Office, at (406) 896-5258.
Signed by:                                                       Authenticated by:
Jamie E. Connell                                              Ann Boucher (MT912)