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BLM seeks nominees for regional advisory board

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Bureau of Land Management is calling for nominees to fill six openings in its regional citizens advisory board.

Each year, one-third of the membership of the agency’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC) is up for renewal or replacement. The Northwest RAC was established in 1995 to provide the BLM with advice and recommendations on the use and management of 2.5 million acres of public lands in northwest Colorado.

The RAC enables citizens to have a say in how their public lands are managed. Members give advice on a broad array of resource, social and economic issues that confront land managers and local communities.

The 15-member council is made up of representatives of three interest groups: Holders of federal grazing permits or leases, mining/timber representatives, off-road vehicle groups and commercial recreation operations; representatives of national or regional environmental or resource conservation organizations, archeological and historical interests, wild horse and burro groups, and groups advocating for dispersed recreational activities; and state, county or local elected officials; employees of state agencies responsible for management of land, water or natural resources, representatives of Indian tribes, academicians involved in natural sciences and the public at large.

The Northwest RAC has two openings in each of these three categories. One of the openings in the third category is for a term with one year remaining. The remaining openings are for full, three-year terms.

The deadline for applications for all six openings is April 26. Applicants must be residents of northwestern Colorado.

Selection of RAC members is based on education, training or experience which would give the applicant the ability to provide informed, objective advice; experience or knowledge of northwestern Colorado and demonstrated commitment to seek collaborative solutions to resource management issues.

Members are expected to attend RAC meetings called by the Northwest center manager. Meetings are generally scheduled every other month, but may be called monthly if the need arises. Meetings will be held on weekdays and may last more than one day. Locations of meetings may vary.

For nomination forms and additional information, write, call or e-mail Lynn Barclay, BLM, 455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO 81625; (970) 826-5096; lynn_barclay@col., or Dave Atkins, (970) 244-3074.

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