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BLM: Nominations sought for Dakotas Resource Advisory Council

BILLINGS, MT – The Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for six open positions on its Dakotas Resource Advisory Council which advises the BLM on public land issues.

The deadline for nominations is May 2, 2011 and the nomination form can be downloaded at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/south_dakota_field.html

The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 253 million acres of public lands.

The Bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 12 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, including such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, Tribal officials, and academics.

The diverse membership of each RAC is aimed at achieving a balanced outlook that the BLM needs for its mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.

“I value the advice given to the BLM by these citizen-based Resource Advisory Committees, and I know that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar shares my view of their importance,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “The people who live, work, and recreate near or on BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice on public land issues, and their input will enhance our agency’s ability to manage the public lands for multiple uses while conserving resources for future generations.”

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Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be evaluated on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographical area.

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 five RAC positions open in North and South Dakotas are in the following categories:

• 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.

A term on a RAC is for three years. Following are the vacancies for the RAC. The Dakotas RAC has one opening in Category 1; three openings in Category 2; and two openings in Category 3.

Nomination forms and materials should be sent to: BLM RAC Coordinator Mark Jacobsen, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT, 59301, 406-233-2800.

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