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Release Date: 07/03/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2012-053

Mojave-Southern and Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Councils to meet July 19-20 in Ely, Nevada

ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mojave-Southern and Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) will conduct a joint meeting/field tour Thursday and Friday, July 19-20, in Ely, Nev. Members of the public and media are cordially invited to attend and should arrange transportation suitable for driving on unmaintained dirt roads.

The RACs are scheduled on July 19 to tour Spruce Mountain. The all-day tour will begin at 10 a.m., at the Spruce Mountain turn-off on U.S. Highway 93. Agenda items include: drought and water/bait trapping of wild horses, and strategies for the National Landscape Conservation System.

The RACs on July 20 will tour the Spring Valley Wind Project, North Schell Fire area, and Robinson Summit and substation. The field tour starts at 8 a.m., at the BLM Ely District Office, at 702 N. Industrial Way. Agenda items include drought, sage-grouse, wild horses, renewable energy, including the proposed Apex Wind Farm; and prescribed fire and habitat restoration. A working lunch is scheduled at the Ely District Office with a public comment period at 12:30 p.m., wherein members of the public may present general written and/or oral comments to the RACs. Due to time constraints, all public comments will be held to a 30-minute time frame. An agenda is posted at:

Individuals needing special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, or anyone desiring a printed copy of the meeting agenda should contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or by no later than Monday, July 16.

In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management formed 24 RACs in the western States to provide advice on the management of public lands and resources. These citizen-based groups provide an opportunity for individuals from all backgrounds and interests to have a voice in the management of the public lands, and to help improve their health and productivity. RAC recommendations address all public land issues, including: land use planning, recreation, noxious weeds, and wild horse and burro herd management areas.

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: 04-14-2015