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BLM seeks nominations for resource advisory councils

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for two resource advisory councils representing western Colorado.The Northwest Colorado council advises the Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Kremmling, Little Snake (Craig) and White River (Meeker) field offices. The Southwest Colorado council advises the San Juan Public Lands Center (Durango) and the Uncompahgre (Montrose) and Gunnison field offices.The 15-member citizen councils are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to advise the BLM on public land management issues. The councils are among the 24 BLM councils throughout the west.Both the southwest and northwest councils have five openings, with openings in each category.Councilors serve three-year terms and represent diverse interests from one of three categories.Category one includes BLM grazing permittees with representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights of way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.Category two includes representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.Category three includes representatives of state, county or local elected office; representatives and employees of state agencies responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the councils are organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public at large.Individuals may nominate themselves or others but must be residents of Colorado and will be judged on the basis of their training, education and knowledge of the councils geographical area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations; a completed background information nomination form; and any other information that speaks to the nominees qualifications. Nominations and letters of reference must be received by April 13. Send nominations to BLM Northwest RAC, Attention: BLM RAC Nomination, Highway 6&24, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.Nomination forms and additional information are available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Resources/racs.html, or by contacting David Boyd, BLM public affairs specialist, at (970) 947-2832, or david_boyd@blm.gov.


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