BLM Northern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council to meet virtually
FARMINGTON, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management today announced it will hold its first meeting of the Northern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The public is welcome to attend the meeting that will occur on Jan. 19, 2021, virtually via Zoom video conferencing, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. MST.
Planned agenda items include: member training; elections of Chair and Vice Chair; an overview of the BLM Farmington, Taos, and Rio Puerco Field Office major actions; and the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and updates from the U.S. Forest Service for the Cibola and Santa Fe National Forests. In addition, the USFS would like to seek recommendations for two site fee proposals for the Aldo Leopold House and Amole Canyon Group Shelter in the Carson National Forest.
"The Resource Advisory Council provides the agency with valuable partnerships, representing multiple interests, assisting the agency by collaborating to manage public lands more effectively," stated Farmington District Manager, Al Elser. "The Farmington District and Rio Puerco Field Offices look forward to engaging with the Resource Advisory Council, as well as members of the public, for our upcoming meeting."
To register to attend the meeting virtually, please go to: https://blm.zoomgov.com/j/1607413707?pwd=SEtMTlFhTGNMdW94cWl6cVV4QjlVUT09 .
A half-hour comment period during which the public may address the RAC will begin at 1:15 p.m. MST. Depending on the number of people wishing to comment and time available, the amount of time for individual oral comments may be limited.
RACs are critical in assisting the BLM in continuing to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve. The 11-member RAC provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on resource and land management issues within the BLM Farmington District Office (which includes the Farmington and Taos Field Offices), as well as the Rio Puerco Field Office. RAC members are citizens who represent varied public land interests.
For more information about the upcoming RAC meeting, please contact Jillian Aragon at 505-564-7722.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.