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Secretary Salazar Appoints BLM-Alaska Advisory Council Members


ANCHORAGE — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has appointed five members to
three-year terms on the BLM’s Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC),
which advises the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on public land issues
in Alaska.

The appointments include new members Verne Rupright, Mayor, City of
Wasilla, representing Elected Official, and Rachel Klein, Land Manager
at Kuskokwim Corporation, representing Public-at-Large, Michael Wald,
representing Commercial Recreation; and two reappointed members:
· Teresa Imm, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, (Anchorage),
representing Alaska Native Organizations;
· Suzanne McCarthy, Prince William Sound Community College
(Glennallen), representing Dispersed Recreation.
Other advisory council members include Mark Hanley (Anchorage), Charlie
Boddy (Fairbanks), Greg Beischer (Anchorage) and Steve de Albuquerque
(Anchorage) representing Energy/Minerals. Council members representing
dispersed recreation are Michael McDougall (Eagle) and Scott Hala
(Anchorage). Serving Conservation/Environmental interests are Sandra
Key-Holsten (Cooper Landing) and Amalie Couvillion (Anchorage).
Public-at-Large is served by Jim Posey (Anchorage) and Alaska Natives
Organizations are represented by June McAtee (Anchorage).

“I commend the Resource Advisory Council members for the time they
voluntarily dedicate to analyzing BLM land management issues and
recommending courses of action to the BLM,” said BLM State Director Tom
Lonnie. “They provide a valuable line of communication between the BLM
and the public. The diversity of their backgrounds provides our agency
with a balanced outlook that helps us effectively manage the public
lands for multiple use.”

The 15-person council includes a cross section of Alaskans representing
energy, tourism, recreation, conservation, Alaska Natives and the
public-at-large. Members come from different backgrounds and represent
diverse interests, and are dedicated to building consensus on public
land issues. In the past year, the council focused much of its
attention on invasive plant management, reindeer grazing in the Seward
Peninsula area, implementation of the BLM’s Bay Resource Management
Plan, and the Dalton Highway.

The council meets three times a year in various locations throughout the
state. The next meeting will be held in Anchorage in the second quarter
of 2010; the exact date will be posted on the BLM’s Resource Advisory
Council Web site at www.blm.gov/RAC. All council meetings are open to
the public and include a public comment period. For more information,
contact Ruth McCoard at 907-271-4418 or Pam Eldridge at 907-271-5555.

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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