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BLM seeks nominees for Alaska Resource Advisory Council

ANCHORAGE --- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is calling for
nominations to its statewide 15-member advisory council.  The BLM is
seeking qualified individuals to fill positions that will represent
constituents in the following areas of interest: ­energy/minerals (two
positions), conservation/environmental (one position), dispersed
recreation (one position) and Alaska Native organization (one position).

The Alaska Resource Advisory Council provides advice and
recommendations to the BLM on land management issues for 75 million
acres of public lands in Alaska.

Members serve three-year terms and may be reappointed for
consecutive terms.  Council members serve without salary but are
reimbursed travel expenses when appropriate.  The council includes a
cross section of Alaskans from around the state representing energy and
minerals, tourism and outdoor recreation; environmental, archeological
and historical interests; elected officials, Alaska Native organizations
and the public.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others.  Nominees should
have the appropriate background and experience to give informed,
objective advice on a broad array of public lands issues, and a
demonstrated commitment to collaboration in seeking solutions to those
issues.  All nominees must be Alaska residents.

Call the BLM at 271-5555 to request a nomination packet or visit
www.blm.gov/ak (select Get Involved, then Advisory Councils/Committees).

Nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from the
interests or organizations to be represented.  Nominations will be
accepted until May10, 2010.  Final selections will be made by the
Secretary of Interior.

The BLM manages 253 million acres – more land than any other federal
agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is
primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in
Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers
700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity
of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as
outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy
production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other
resources on public lands.

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