BLM seeks nominations to the Sierra Front-Northern Great Basin and Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) 

Reno, Nevada — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for its Sierra Front-Northern Great Basin and Mojave-Southern Great Basin RACs for vacant positions and positions that will become vacant. The Councils consist of citizens with diverse interests in public land management, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, and energy industry representatives. The Councils provide advice to the BLM on public land issues.  

"The Resource Advisory Councils are so important to making sound and well-informed decisions on public lands by directly interacting with BLM leaders. Being a RAC member is a commitment to America's public lands, strengthening our relationships across boundaries, and ensuring the public’s voice is heard,” Jon Raby, BLM Nevada State Director said.   

“Anyone who is interested in being a member should take advantage of this opportunity and apply. The RACs are a great resource for our agency and all Nevadans, we look forward to hearing from our diverse communities through these councils,” Raby added. 

The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has advisory councils located across the West. The diverse membership of each Council is aimed at achieving a balanced outlook that the BLM needs for its mission, which is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

The Councils are critical in assisting the BLM in continuing to be a good neighbor in communities served by the Bureau, providing advice and recommendations on issues including land use planning, 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 descriptions for RAC 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 RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large. 

Nominations must be submitted by (30 days after FR notice publishes). To access the nomination application, go to For more information about serving on the Sierra Front-Northern Great Basin RAC, please contact Lisa Ross, Public Affairs Specialist, at (775) 885-6107 or For more information on the Mojave-Southern Great Basin RAC, please contact Kirsten Cannon, Public Affairs Specialist, at (702) 515-5057 or

More information about the RACs is available at   

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees will be judged based on their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographical area and must be residents of the State. 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 background information nomination form; and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

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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