BLM seeks nominations to the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council


Bureau of Land Management

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PRICE, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council (Council), which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for managing these unique public lands in east central Utah. The Council is made up of seven people with diverse backgrounds and these nominations will fill an existing vacancy, as well as two member terms that are scheduled to expire this fall.

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 Aug. 18, 2022. Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:
•    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;
•    A representative of motorized recreational users; and
•    A representative of non-motorized recreational users.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the Council. Nominees will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education and knowledge of the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. Nominations must include a letter or letters of reference, a completed application and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. The application form can be downloaded at

Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by Aug. 18, 2022, and should be sent to Lance Porter, Green River District Manager, 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, contact BLM Green River District Public Affairs Specialist Angela Hawkins, phone: (435) 781-2774; email: Please contact us for reasonable accommodations to participate.

The San Rafael Swell Recreation Area encompasses roughly 217,000 acres of BLM-managed public land. The “Swell” features magnificent badlands of brightly colored and wildly eroded sandstone formations, deep canyons and giant plates of stone tilted upright through massive geologic upheaval. Visitors discover petroglyphs and a rich history, while enjoying hiking, biking, four-wheel driving, horseback riding, canyoneering and river running. The Cedar Mountain Day Use Overlook provides a panoramic view, and the Little Grand Canyon and Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel are popular stops. 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.