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Release Date: 04/11/12
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Secretary Salazar Announces New Appointments to BLM Resource Advisory Council

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the appointment of three new members to Wyoming’s citizen-based Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

“I want to welcome our new RAC members and commend them for their commitment to public service,” said Secretary Salazar. “Their counsel will serve the BLM well as the agency carries out its multiple-use mission.”

The RAC, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio of any federal agency. The BLM has established 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, Tribal officials, state and local government officials, academics, and others.

BLM Director Bob Abbey said, “The diverse membership of RACs results in a balanced outlook that the BLM needs in managing the public lands for current and future generations.” The BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, is responsible for managing various uses of the land – such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production – while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.

Below are the newly appointed members of Wyoming’s RAC:
Penny Bellah (energy and mineral development)
Marshall Dominick (wild horse and burro)
Kevin Stowe (public-at-large)

Current RAC members include:
Marilyn Mackey (federal grazing)
Gary Cukjati (developed outdoor recreation)
Walt Gasson (environmental organization)
Donald Hartley (archaeological and historic)
Tom Clayson (public-at-large)
Christine Aimone (state agency employee)
Doug Thompson (elected official)

Calls for nominations to the council will go out each year around November.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 04-11-2012