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BLM Seeks Advisory Council Members

ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the nomination period for five openings on its Resource Advisory Council (RAC) in Alaska.  Nominations are now due April 29, 2013.  Call the BLM at 271-3335 to request an application/nomination packet or visit our web site at http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/res/rac.html   (select “2013 Nomination Form/Information”) for a fillable/printable form.

The BLM seeks qualified individuals to fill five RAC positions in the following categories:

·      Category 1 – Representatives of transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, commercial recreation, commercial timber industry or energy and mineral development (two positions)

·      Category 2 – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations or dispersed recreation activities (two positions)

·      Category 3 –  State or local elected officials, employees of a State agency responsible for natural resource management, representative of the public-at-large, representative of Native organizations or academic institutions involved in natural resources (one position)

The goal of RAC’s diverse membership is to achieve a balanced outlook the BLM needs to manage public lands for multiple uses under its mission.  The council provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on land management issues for 75 million acres of public lands in Alaska, including the 23-million acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, 1-million acre White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Anchorage Campbell Tract Facility, several National Wild and Scenic Rivers, scenic highways and trail systems, and much more.

 Council members serve three-year terms and may apply for reappointment for consecutive terms. Members serve without salary, but travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed for the 2-3 meetings each year.  The council includes a cross-section of Alaskans from around the state that represent energy, tourism, commercial recreation, environment, archaeology, history, Alaska Native organizations, elected officials, and the general public.

 Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Applicants 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. Applicants must be Alaska residents, submit a completed application and letter(s) of recommendation.

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