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BLM seeks advisory council members in Arizona

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for five open positions on its Arizona Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues.

Nominations should be sent by March 12 to Dorothea Boothe, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office, Communications Division, 1 N. Central Ave., Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. For more information call Boothe at 602- 417-9504.

The RACs help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The BLM manages more land than any other federal agency and it has 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.

Each RAC has 10-15 members with an interest in public land management including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, tribal officials and academics.

"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," BLM Director Bob Abbey said.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be judged 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 (see online), and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The five RAC positions open in Arizona 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. (two positions open)

• Category Two - Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations. (one position open)

• 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. (two positions open)

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