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BLM Seeks Advisory Council Nominees


ANCHORAGE --- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is calling for
applications for its statewide 15-member Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC) beginning today. The 45-day nomination period closes April 30, 2011.

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, or commercial recreation (Two positions)
· Category 2 – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized
environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations,
and dispersed recreation activities (Two positions)
· Category 3 – A representative of the public-at-large, employees, or
academic institutions who are involved in natural resources (One position)

The RAC’s diverse membership aims to achieve a balanced outlook that 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, one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area, Anchorage’s Campbell Tract, several National Wild and Scenic Rivers, scenic highways and trail systems, and much more.

Council members serve initial three-year terms and may apply for
reappointment for consecutive terms. Members serve without salary, but
travel expenses are reimbursed. 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. All applicants should
have an 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 applicants must be Alaska residents.

Call the BLM at 271-3546 to request an application/nomination packet or visit www.blm.gov/ak (select Resources, then Resource Advisory Councils).

All applications/nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference
from the interests or organizations they will represent.

Applications/nominations will be accepted through April 30, 2011. The
Secretary of the Interior makes the final selections, and BLM will announce the appointments later this year.

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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