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Western Montana BLM seeks nominations to its Resource Advisory Council

The Western Montana District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), seeks nominations to its Resource Advisory Council!  The new Director of the BLM stated that they will actively involve Advisory Councils to provide expert advice, ideas, and diverse opinions on issues including land use planning, fire management, outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use, oil and gas exploration, noxious weed management, grazing issues, and wild horse and burro herd management issues. This is your opportunity to affect programs on BLM properties!

“I served as Chair of the Western Montana RAC for five years from 2012 – 2017 and can say that the BLM listens to their Advisory Councils and actively involves them in decision making.  Some have asked me in the past about the geographic location of the Western Montana RAC.  Basically, it ranges from Helena to Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Dillon and southwest Montana and up to Missoula and Garnet area.  I understand that during the reorganization of the BLM that it may also include Great Falls and Lewistown.  Under any circumstances, I suggest if you have questions or are interested, go to https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council, or contact David Abrams at dabrams@blm.gov or 406-533-7617.” -Bob WalkerMontana Trails CoalitionMontana Trails, Recreation and Parks Association

(BUTTE, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Western Montana District seeks public nominations for positions on its Resource Advisory Council. This citizen-based council assists in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues.

The BLM maintains 16 RACs chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Federal Policy and Land Management Act across the West. The 15-member Western Montana RAC assists in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues.

“Resource Advisory Councils provide the BLM with vital feedback on current issues, concerns, and proposals, and enable us to engage local communities and stakeholders to improve our management of public lands,” said BLM Montana/Dakotas Acting State Director Theresa Hanley. “Our goal is to ensure that the membership of every RAC encompasses a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds to guide our work as effectively as possible.”

The BLM maintains RACs as a means of gaining expert advice, ideas, and diverse opinions on issues including land use planning, fire management, off-highway vehicle use, recreation, oil and gas exploration, noxious weed management, grazing issues, and wild horse and burro herd management issues. The RACs support the Bureau’s commitment to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through the balanced stewardship of America’s public lands and resources.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on a RAC. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed based on their training, education, and knowledge of the RAC’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference should accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

The Western Montana RAC has positions open in the following categories: 

* Category One – Representatives of organizations associated with energy/mineral development; federal grazing permit holders; the timber industry; transportation or rights-of-way; off-highway vehicles users; and commercial and developed outdoor recreation. 

* Category Two – Representatives of archeological and historic organizations; dispersed recreation users; wild horse and burro organizations; and nationally or regionally-recognized environmental organizations.  

* Category Three – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; Indian tribes located within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; academicians employed in natural resource management or natural sciences; employees of a state agency responsible for management of natural resources; and the public at large.

As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will accept nominations until Feb. 11, 2022. For more information and an application, go to https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council, or contact David Abrams at dabrams@blm.gov or 406-533-7617.
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