Secretary Norton announces new appointments to BLM Resource Advisory Councils |

Secretary Norton announces new appointments to BLM Resource Advisory Councils

Interior Secretary Gale Norton recently announced the appointment of several new members to Colorado’s three citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils that advise the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

Composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, the BLM’s 24 Resource Advisory Councils help improve the health and productivity of public lands across the West. Each RAC provides counsel and advice on public lands planning and management within the RAC’s jurisdictional boundary.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land – 262 million surface acres – than any other federal agency. Most of the country’s BLM-managed public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. BLM, which has a budget of $1.8 billion and a workforce of 10,000 employees, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.

Local appointees include Charles Yates and David Cesark of Parachute and Garfield County Commissioner Larry McCown.

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