BLM Seeks Nominations to the Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Southwest Resource Advisory Councils

Bureau seeks broad spectrum of nominees to help improve public land management nationwide


Bureau of Land Management

Media Contact:

Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski
Steven B. Hall

Denver, Colo.,- The Bureau of Land Management today announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on the Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Southwest Resource Advisory Councils (RAC). These citizen-based councils assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues within BLM managed public lands in the State of Colorado. 

The BLM maintains RACs chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Federal Policy and Land Management Act across the West. Each RAC consists of 10- to 15-members from diverse interests in local communities, and they assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues. 

“Resource Advisory Councils provide the BLM with vital feedback on current issues, concerns, and proposals, and enable us to engage local communities and stakeholders to improve our management of public lands by listening to diverse voices,” said BLM Colorado State Director, Doug Vilsack. “Our goal is to ensure that the membership of every RAC encompasses a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds to guide our work as effectively as possible.” 

The BLM maintains RACs as a means of gaining expert advice, ideas, and diverse opinions on issues including land use planning, environmental issues, fire management, off-highway vehicle use, recreation, oil and gas exploration, noxious weed management, grazing issues, and wild horse and burro herd management issues. The RACs support the Bureau’s commitment to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through the balanced stewardship of America’s public lands and resources.     

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the RAC. Nominees, who must be residents of the state where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed based on their training, education, and knowledge of the RAC’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference should accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. 

The RACs are seeking nominations in the following categories: 


Category One 

Category Two 

Category Three 


Two (2) 

Two (2) 

One (1) 

Rocky Mountain 

Four (4) 

One (1) 

One (1) 


Three (3) 

One (1) 

Two (2) 

  • Category One – Representatives of organizations associated with energy/mineral development; federal grazing permit holders; the timber industry; transportation or rights-of-way; off-highway vehicles users; and commercial and developed outdoor recreation. 
  • Category Two – Representatives of archeological and historic organizations; dispersed recreation users; wild horse and burros organizations; and nationally or regionally-recognized environmental organizations.   
  • Category Three – Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; Indian Tribes located within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; academicians employed in natural resource management or natural sciences; employees of a state agency responsible for management of natural resources; and the public at large.  

As published in a notice in today’s Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days until November 4, 2022. For more information, please contact Statewide RAC Coordinator, Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski (303) 239-3671 or visit

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.