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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeing nominees for its Resource Advisory Council (RAC) from the general public, government, Native organizations, archaeological and historic organizations, recreation users, environmental organizations, energy and mineral development, and other BLM land users. The council consists of 15 Alaska residents who, through consensus, develop recommendations for public land management policy.

The RAC meets 2-3 times per year over 1-3 days. Members are paid for travel expenses, but receive no stipend. 

According to a press release from BLM, “Members are needed from various, and potentially opposing, interest groups. That diversity is truly reflective of the multiple use mission of the BLM, and it is critical to the RAC’s success.”

Members are appointed to three-year terms and can be reappointed to serve consecutive terms. Membership categories are:

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 archaeological and historic organizations; dispersed recreation users; reindeer grazing groups, and nationally or regionally-recognized environmental organizations. 

Category Three – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; Alaska Native tribes, leaders of their Villages, Cities, or Corporations, located within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; academics employed in natural resource management or natural sciences; employees of a state agency responsible for management of natural resources; and the public at large.

“No one knows Alaska better than the people who live, recreate, hunt, and work here,” said BLM Alaska State Director Chad Padgett. “The Bureau of Land management is looking for a few good Alaskans who will work across the table with other residents and make recommendations on how the BLM manages public lands in Alaska.”

Issues addressed by the RAC include land use planning, fire management, off-highway vehicle use, recreation, oil and gas exploration, noxious weed management, and Alaska Native issues. 

“Speaking on behalf of their varied backgrounds, RAC members support the BLM's commitment to maintaining a shared conservation stewardship legacy in the communities it serves,” says the BLM.

Alaskans may nominate themselves or others to serve on a RAC and nominees must be Alaska residents. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference must accompany all nominations and completed RAC applications, as well as any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. These esteemed positions will receive their final approval from the White House.

Nominations are open now and will be considered through Feb. 24. Nomination forms are located on the BLM’s website or for more information, contact Melinda Bolton, BLM Alaska RAC Coordinator at (907) 271-3342 or mbolton@blm.gov.

Michael Paschall is the editor and publisher of Delta Wind and can be reached at editor@deltawindonline.com.