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Secretary Salazar Appoints Members to BLM Alaska Advisory Council



Anchorage-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has appointed seven members to
the Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC) to advise the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) on public land issues in Alaska.

The appointments include new members Stan Foo with Barrick Gold
Corporation (Anchorage), David Brown with ConocoPhillips (Anchorage),
Gary Morrison, retired forester/geologist (Wrangell), Theresa Fiorino
with the Defenders of Wildlife (Anchorage), and Roy Ashenfelter with
Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. (Nome). Reappointed members are
Amalie Couvillion with the Nature Conservancy (Anchorage) and Michael
McDougall with the Alaska Trappers Association (Eagle).

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,
represent diverse interests, and are dedicated to building consensus on
public land issues.

“With their varied experience and backgrounds, the RAC members offer
BLM diverse perspectives which help with the balanced management of the
multiple uses occurring on public lands in Alaska,” said Bud Cribley,
BLM Alaska State Director.

The council typically meets at least twice a year with an upcoming
meeting scheduled for April in Anchorage. All council meetings are open
to the public and include a public comment period. For more information,
contact Danielle Allen at 907-271-3335.

The BLM manages 245 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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