Bureau of Land Management seeking nominees to John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council

BAKER CITY, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on the John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council. These citizen-based councils assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues.

“RACs provide the BLM and USDA Forest Service with vital feedback on current issues, concerns and proposals, and enable us to engage local communities and stakeholders to improve and help shape the management of our public lands,” said Vale District Manager Darrel ‘Wayne’ Monger.

Members of the John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council represent the communities, stakeholder groups and industries in and around the BLM Vale District Baker Field Office, Prineville District and Wallowa-Whitman, Malheur, Umatilla, Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests.

The BLM maintains RACs as a means of gaining advice, ideas, and diverse opinions on public lands management 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 with the goal of building a shared conservation stewardship legacy.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on a RAC. Nominees will be considered based on their training, education, and knowledge of the specific RAC’s geographic area and should demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference must 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 John Day-Snake RAC has positions in the following categories:

  • 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 the Federal Register, the BLM will accept nominations until October 20, 2021. For more information about the John Day-Snake RAC or an application, go to https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington/john-day-rac or contact Larisa Bogardus at 541-219-6863, lbogardus@blm.gov.

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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