The Bureau of Land Management Announces National Call for Nominations to Site-specific Advisory Committees
SALT LAKE CITY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is seeking public nominations to four citizens’ advisory committees affiliated with specific sites on the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. These citizen-based committees assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues.
The four committees, which are formally chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Federal Policy and Land Management Act (FLPMA), provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the development and implementation of management plans in accordance with the statutes under which the sites were established.
“Advisory committees and their members are valuable partners with the BLM in the management of public lands,” said BLM Utah State Director Greg Sheehan. “Advisory committee members represent many different interests and provide a valuable service to the BLM in reviewing information and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land management issues.”
The four advisory committees include the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee located in Utah; the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee located in Washington; and the Steens Mountain Advisory Council located in Oregon.
The committees have demonstrated that consensus-driven recommendations often lead to sustainable outcomes that benefit long-term public land planning and management of National Conservation Land sites. These committees consist of 12 to 15 members that represent unique site-specific interests as defined in the Federal Register notice under the heading “Supplementary Information.”
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on a committee. Nominees, who must be residents of the state where the committee has jurisdiction, will be reviewed based on their training, education, and knowledge of the specific geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Nominations and completed applications should be sent to the appropriate BLM office. All nominations from represented interests or organizations must include a completed application, letters of reference, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
As published in a notice in today’s Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days until Nov. 13, 2020. For more information on the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee, visit https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/rac-near-you/utah/benm-mac or contact Lynn McAloon at email@example.com or (435) 259-2187. For more information on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee, visit https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-me/utah/gsenm-mac or contact David Hercher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (435) 644-1209.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.