The BLM-Montana/Dakotas has vacancies on each of its four RACs: Western Montana, Central Montana, Eastern Montana and Dakotas.
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. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 31 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.
“As a land-management agency that carries out a multiple-use mission, the BLM seeks out and values diverse input from citizens who care about the stewardship of America’s public lands,” said BLM Montana/Dakotas State Director, Jamie Connell. “This input advances our efforts in managing uses of and protecting resources on the public lands.”
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 RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
Each of the 31 RACs has different positions open 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.
In the BLM’s Western Montana District, nominations for open positions on the RAC may be sent to David Abrams, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT, 59701. For more information, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 533-7617.
More information is available at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/resource_advisory.html. This site also includes a link to the background nomination form.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
Your Lands. Your Treasure. Get Involved.
Nationwide, the BLM administers more land – over 245 million acres – than any other federal agency. The Montana/Dakotas organization manages about 8.3 million of those acres and about 47.1 million acres of federal mineral estate. Natural and cultural resources found on these lands provide a wealth of opportunities for such activities as camping, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, shooting, fishing, and bird watching. Through activities such as oil and gas production, mining, logging, grazing and outfitting, these public lands also help provide the energy resources that power our nation, generate jobs for American workers and stimulate rural economies. In FY 2013, BLM’s management activities in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota supported an estimated 32,253 jobs and contributed more than $8.63 billion to these states’ economies.
You can play a role in this. On February 3, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management published in the Federal Register a call for nominations to those interested in serving on one of our many citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils (RAC). These committees, whose members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, provide an opportunity for individuals from all backgrounds and interests to have a voice in the management of public lands.
Established through the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-463), the BLM’s RACs provide land managers representative counsel in such interest categories as grazing, rights-of-way, outdoor recreation and associated fees, energy and mineral development, archaeological and historical resources, wild horses, and public-at-large.We need you to get involved. Representing your stakeholders will help local land managers make effective decisions that drive local, on-the-ground management of the natural and cultural resources entrusted to us. We’ll ask you to serve a 3-year term and attend two to four meetings a year in your region. You’ll serve without salary but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses at the current government rate. To learn more about serving as a BLM RAC member, please visit our website at: http://blm.gov/xpld. You’ll also find there a link to the nomination form you’ll need for your application, which is due by March 20.Operating on the principle of collaborative decision making while striving for consensus, the BLM’s RACs have been successful in bringing diverse and often competing interests to the table to deal with issues of mutual concern. Through the years, recommendations brought forth by BLM RACs have often enjoyed a high level of public support and led to sustainable outcomes that ultimately benefit the natural and cultural resources the BLM manages for America. Remember, these are – Your Lands. Your Treasure. So please, I urge you to get involved.