Bureau of Land Management
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of Resource Advisory Council Call for Nominations.
SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations
for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils
(RACs) that have member terms expiring this year. The RACs provide
advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and
management of the National System of Public Lands within their
geographic areas. The BLM will accept public nominations for 45 days
after the publication of this notice.
DATES: All nominations must be received no later than May 10, 2010.
ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of BLM State
Offices accepting nominations.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Sandoval, U.S. Department of
the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Correspondence, International,
and Advisory Committee Office, 1849 C Street, NW., MS-401 LS,
Washington, DC 20240; 202-912-7434.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Land Policy and Management Act
(FLPMA) (43 U.S.C. 1739) directs the Secretary of the Interior to
involve the public in planning and issues related to management of
lands administered by the BLM. Section 309 of FLPMA directs the
Secretary to establish 10- to 15-member citizen-based advisory councils
that are consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The
rules governing RACs are found at 43 CFR subpart 1784. As required by
FACA, RAC membership must be balanced and representative of the various
interests concerned with the management of the public lands. These
include three categories:
Category One--Holders of Federal grazing permits and
representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral
development, timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way,
developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial
Category Two--Representatives of nationally or regionally
recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historic
organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and
burro organizations, and;
Category Three--Representatives of state, county, or local elected
office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for
management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes
within or adjacent to the area for which the council is organized;
representatives of academia who are employed in natural sciences; and
the public-at-large. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.
Nominees must be residents of the state in which the RAC has
jurisdiction. The BLM will evaluate nominees based on their education,
training, experience, and knowledge of the geographical area of the
RAC. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to collaborative resource
decision-making. The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are
currently federally registered lobbyists to serve on all
FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils. The following must
accompany all nominations:
--Letters of reference from represented interests or organizations;
--A completed background information nomination form; and
--Any other information that addresses the nominee's qualifications.
Simultaneous with this notice, BLM state offices will issue press
releases providing additional information for submitting nominations,
with specifics about the number and categories of member positions
available for each RAC in the state. Nominations for RACs should be
sent to the appropriate BLM offices listed below:
Deborah Stevens, Arizona State Office, BLM, One North Central
Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, (602) 417-9215.