BLM Seeks Advisory Council Nominations for the Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council

ROSWELL, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management announces that it is seeking public nominations for vacant positions and positions that will become vacant on its Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues within the Pecos District, Las Cruces District and Socorro Field Office. As advertised in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until April 4, 2022.

The Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, helps the BLM carry out its stewardship of more than 10.4 million acres of public lands. The Resource Advisory Council consists of 12 members serving 3-year terms with an interest or expertise 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 the Resource Advisory Council helps ensure that BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their 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 of New Mexico, will be selected based on their training, education, and knowledge of the Resource Advisory 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 Resource Advisory Council application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. This is an additional call for nominations. If you have already applied in 2020 or 2021, and your nomination is still being considered, you do not need to reapply.   

The descriptions for Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council positions are as follows:

  • 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 Resource Advisory Council is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

Learn more about the Resource Advisory Council at

To receive an application, contact Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council Coordinator William Wight at (575) 525-4444 or by email at You can also download the application at: The deadline for submitting nominations is April 4, 2022.  Individuals may submit their signed application and letter of recommendation by either email to the above email address or by mail to the Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District Office, Attention: Resource Advisory Council Coordinator William Wight, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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