The BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of more than 245 million acres of public lands. 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 10-15 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 RAC lends their unique combination of geographic and resource expertise to inform the BLM’s decisions,” said District Manager Gary Cooper. “The members of our RAC help our field offices by acting as sounding boards in all types of resource management issues. They are a tremendous resource for field managers.”
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 decisionmaking. 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.
Four nominees are sought for the Coeur d’Alene District RAC in the following categories:
Category One (two vacancies) – 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 (one vacancy) – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.
Category Three (one vacancy) – 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.
An online nomination form as well as more information about BLM Idaho RACs is available at: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/get_involved/resource_advisory.html. Nomination packages must be received by April 1, 2013, and should be sent to Suzanne Endsley, Coeur d’Alene District RAC coordinator at the following address:
Coeur d’Alene District
Bureau of Land Management
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
For additional information regarding the BLM’s Coeur d’Alene District RAC, please call 208-769-5004.