The BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands in the nation. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise 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 helps ensure that BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.
“The advice given to the BLM by these citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils is a vital part of the BLM’s collaborative approach to land management,” said BLM Acting Idaho State Director Tim Murphy. “Citizen input enhances our agency’s ability to administer and conserve these lands for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations of Americans.”
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 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 RACapplication, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
The Boise District RAC has six vacancies, which include one in Category One, three in Category Two and two in Category Three, as defined below:
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 RACis organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.
Nominations must be received by March 27, 2014, and should be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, Boise District Office, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705, Attention: Marsha Buchanan, RAC Coordinator, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (208) 384-3364.
To learn more about BLM Idaho RACs and to access the nomination application form, visit the BLM Idaho website at:http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/get_involved/resource_advisory.html. For more information on the specific vacancies in your area, please contact BLM Boise District RAC Coordinator Marsha Buchanan, email email@example.com, phone (208) 384-3363.