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BLM reopens nomination period for Resource Advisory Councils

MILES CITY, MT – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reopened the nomination period for open positions on its Eastern Montana and Dakotas Resource Advisory Councils, both of which advise the BLM on public land issues.

Nominations must be received no later than July 29, 2010.

Persons who have already submitted their nomination materials for 2010 will not need to resubmit.

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

The BLM manages more land than any other federal agency and 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 and include 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 public lands for multiple uses.

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.

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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 Eastern Montana council has one opening in Category 1; two openings in Category 2; and two openings in Category 3. The Dakotas RAC has two openings in Category 1, one opening in Category 2, and two openings in Category 3.

The categories are described as:

Category 1 – 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 2 – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category 3 – 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. A background information and nomination form is available on online at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/miles_city_field_office.html.

For more information or to send in applications, contact BLM RAC Coordinator Mark Jacobsen, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT, 59301, 406-233-2800.

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