BLM seeks nominations for an elected Tribal Leader for the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council

PRICE, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for managing these unique public lands in east central Utah. The selectee will fill one existing vacancy on the seven-seat Council.

“Preserving natural and cultural resources are values of the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council,” said Green River District Manager Lance Porter. “Having a Tribal member as part of the council would bring knowledge, experience and perspective that would strengthen management through co-stewardship.”

The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, Section 1223, directed the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Council to help prepare and implement the management plan for the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. Congress created the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area to provide for the protection, conservation and enhancement of the recreational, cultural, natural, scenic, wildlife, ecological, historical and educational resources of the area. Council members serve three-year terms.

As published in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations received through Nov. 4, 2022. Nominations are being accepted for the following position:

•    An elected leader of a federally recognized Tribe who has significant cultural or historic connections to, and expertise in, the landscape, archaeological sites or cultural sites within the recreation area;

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the Council. Nominees will be reviewed on the basis of their qualifications as an elected leader of a federally recognized Tribe. Nominations must include a letter or letters of reference, a completed application and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. 

Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by Nov. 4, 2022, and sent to Angela Hawkins, Green River District public affairs officer,  BLM Green River District Office, 170 South 500 East, Vernal, UT 84078, Attention: San Rafael Swell Advisory Council Nominations or email with the subject line “San Rafael Swell Advisory Council Nominations.”

For more information or for reasonable accommodations to participate, contact BLM Green River District Public Affairs Specialist Angela Hawkins, phone: 435-781-2774; email:

The San Rafael Swell Recreation Area features numerous recreational experiences throughout nearly 217,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands. Visitors to “The Swell”  discover petroglyphs, brightly colored badlands, eroded sandstone formations, deep canyons and giant plates of stone tilted upright through massive geologic upheaval. Learn more at 

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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