Key agenda items include a presentation on proposed fees for recreation amenities in the Dillon Field Office area; and reports from the managers of the Butte, Dillon, and Missoula Field Offices.
For a copy of the agenda, contact David Abrams at the BLM Butte Field Office, (406) 533-7617 or email@example.com.
The meeting is open to the public and the public comment period is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to noon. Interested parties may make oral statements before the council or file written statements for the council to consider. Depending on the number of people who wish to make comments, a per-person time limit may be established.
The purpose of the RAC is to advise the Secretary of Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of issues associated with public land management. The 15-member RAC includes individuals who have expertise or education in the planning and management of public lands and resources.
The nomination period for new Western Montana District RAC members is currently on-going, with six vacancies projected for next year in the following categories:
Category One (one opening): 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 (two openings): Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.
Category Three (three openings): 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.
Nominations are due March 14. Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve a three-year term on the advisory council. Nominees, who must be Montana residents, 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.
For more information, email David Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to 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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