The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resources issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The BLM, 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 15 members with an interest in public land management, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, tribal officials, and academics. The diverse RAC membership is aimed at achieving a balanced outlook that Federal land managers need for their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.
“I value the advice given to the BLM by resource advisory council members,” said Vale District Manager Don Gonzalez. “The people who live, work and recreate near or on BLM-managed lands provide the managers with valuable advice, and their input enhances the District’s ability to manage the public lands for multiple uses while conserving resources for future generations” continued Gonzales.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees must reside in the state where the RAC has jurisdiction and will be judged on the basis of their training, education and knowledge of the council’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus-building and collaborative decision-making. Each nomination packet must include a completed background information nomination form and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
The seven positions open on the John Day-Snake RAC are 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 recognized 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.
Category One Vacancies
Category Two Vacancies
Category Three Vacancies
Nominations should be sent by March 14, 2013, to Mark Wilkening, Bureau of Land Management, Vale District, 100 Oregon Street, Vale, Oregon 97918.
For more information about the John Day Snake Resource Advisory Council and to obtain the RAC nomination/application form, please visit: www.blm.gov/or/rac
For more information about the Vale District, you can call (509) 536-1200 or visit the website at www.blm.gov/or/districts/vale