Prineville, Ore. -- The next John Day – Snake and Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) meetings are set for Monday and Tuesday, October 26 to 27, 2015. The John Day-Snake and Southeast Oregon RACs will hold a joint workshop Monday, October 26, 2015, at the BLM Prineville District office, 3050 N.E. 3rd Street, Prineville, Oregon, followed by separate business meetings Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The Monday, Oct. 26, meeting will run from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The two RACs will meet separately Tuesday, October 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the John Day- Snake RAC meeting at the BLM Prineville District office, and the Southeast Oregon RAC meeting at the Ochoco National Forest Office, 3160 N.E. 3rd Street, Prineville, Oregon.
Agenda items for the October 26 joint meeting include learning sessions on the 2015 fire season, Wild Horse and Burro management, a Greater Sage-grouse update, a discussion on RACs' role in land designations, and community engagement. The John Day-Snake RAC will continue Oct. 27 with an update on the Lower Deschutes River, Hells Canyon and Snake River fee proposals, committee and member updates, and an Oregon proposal for Wild Horse and Burro. The Southeast Oregon RAC will continue Oct. 27 with RAC officer elections, an Oregon proposal for Wild Horse and Burro, and committee and member updates.
The public is welcome to attend all portions of the meeting and can contribute in-person or via phone during the official public comment period at 11 a.m. on October 27, 2015. Those who verbally address the RAC during the open session are asked to also provide a written statement of their comments or presentation.
The Secretary of the Interior appoints citizens to staggered three-year terms on the Council, so one-third of the member terms expire yearly. Every year the BLM encourages Oregon residents to apply, or nominate others to apply for open positions they would like to represent. Membership is balanced to reflect the array of interests and users of public lands with categories in commodity interests, conservation, and general community interests.
For further information on the John Day – Snake RAC or the upcoming meeting, contact Lisa Clark at the BLM Prineville District Office at (541) 416-6864 or Larisa Bogardus at the BLM Lakeview District Office at (541) 947-6237 for the Southeast Oregon RAC and upcoming meeting. Additional information about both RACs, as well as the call-in number can be found online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/rac/index.php