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Old 03-30-2007, 08:08 AM
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Default BLM needs RAC members

OK, here's your chance to make a difference in a decision making role, folks. It really sucks that meetings will be held M-F, sometimes more than one day. This means those without gainful employment (such as, say, environmental group representatives?) have the advantage. Any small business owners available? Others with flexible hours?

Gene was a tad slow with this one - February?


For Immediate Release Jaime Gardner 303-239-3681
February 15, 2007 Jim Sample 303-239-3861

BLM Seeks Resource Advisory Council Members

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on three Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) in Colorado. Nominations are being accepted through April 2, 2007, to fill the positions of several members whose terms of appointment will expire this August.

The councils provide advice and recommendations to BLM on the use and management of 8.4 million acres of public lands in the state. In 1995, BLM established councils in Colorado representing three geographic areas: Northwest, Southwest, and Front Range. The RACs enable citizens to have a meaningful say in how public lands are managed. Members give advice to BLM on the broad array of resource, social, and economic issues that confront land managers and local communities.

Colorado State Director Sally Wisely appreciates the contributions made by current and previous members. “RAC members represent a broad array of backgrounds, interests, and experience,” said Wisely. “With BLM’s diverse responsibilities, RAC members have opportunities to advise us on challenging and complex issues.”

The councils operate on principles of collaboration and consensus. Members are sought who are committed to working together with other interests for the long term benefit of public lands and the people who enjoy and rely on them. “I can’t emphasize enough what effective partners the Colorado RACs have been in helping resolve public land issues that affect the quality of life throughout the State,” Wisely said.

Council members must be residents of Colorado. Each year, one-third of the membership is up for renewal or replacement. Terms are for three years. Each council consists of 15 members, selectively balanced and representative of three general interest groups:

Group 1 - holders of federal grazing permits/leases; representatives of mining, timber, off-road vehicle use, and commercial recreation;

Group 2 - representatives of recognized national or regional environmental or resource conservation organizations; archeological and historical interests; wild horse and burro groups; and dispersed recreational activities;

Group 3 - State, county, or local elected officials; employees of State agencies responsible for management of natural resources, land or water; representatives of Indian tribes; academicians involved in natural sciences, and the public at large.

Colorado’s Northwest RAC, Southwest RAC, and Front Range RAC have vacancies in all three categories.

Qualifications for RAC membership are based on the nominee’s:

· education, training, or experience to give informed, objective advice on an industry, discipline, or interest;
· experience or knowledge of the geographical area the council serves;
· demonstrated commitment to collaboration in seeking solutions to resource management issues.

BLM provides training on resource science and management issues to all council members. Members serve without monetary compensations, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses.

Members are expected to attend RAC meetings called by the designated federal officer. Meetings usually occur no more often than every other month. Location of the meetings can vary throughout the state, and may include tours. Meetings will normally be held Monday through Friday, and may last more than one day.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Letters of reference from the interests or organizations the nominee wishes to represent must accompany the nomination form. In addition, each nominee must submit a completed Background Information Nomination Form and should have a demonstrated commitment to collaborative resource decision-making.

The nomination period will close on April 2, 2007, as announced in the Federal Register on February 15.

For additional information, please contact:
BLM Northwest RAC, Attention: David Boyd, e-mail david_boyd@blm.gov
50629 Hwy 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601l (Phone 970.947.2832)

BLM Southwest RAC, Attention: Melodie Lloyd, e-mail melodie_lloyd@blm.gov
2815 H Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81506 (Phone 970.244.3097)

BLM Front Range RAC, Attention: Ken Smith, e-mail ken_smith@co.blm.gov
3170 E. Main St., Canon City, CO 81212 (Phone 719.269.8553)

BLM Colorado State Office, Attention: Jaime Gardner, e-mail jaime_gardner@blm.gov
2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215 (Phone 303.239.3681)
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