The Office of Land Management invites nominations for its councils

Applications must be submitted by June 15.

Information provided by the Bureau of Land Management

Land Management Office announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions that are or will soon become vacant within its California Desert District Advisory Council (DAC), Central California Resource Advisory Council (RAC), and Northern California District RAC. Applications must be submitted by June 15.

The release said the councils are made up of citizens with diverse interests in the management of public lands, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor enthusiasts, state and local government officials, and community representatives. energy industry. Councils advise the BLM on public land matters.

“The Resource Advisory Councils assist the BLM with recommendations on a dynamic portfolio of programs ranging from conservation to renewable energy,” said BLM California State Director Karen Mouritsen. “I appreciate our board members for their dedication and willingness to take time out of their busy schedules to provide advice on BLM management decisions.”

The Bureau said it manages more land than any other federal agency and has advisory councils located throughout the West. He added that the diverse composition of each council aims to achieve a balanced vision that it needs for its mission, which is to manage public lands with multiple uses.

“Advice is essential to help the Office continue to be a good neighbor in the communities served by the office, providing advice and recommendations on matters such as land use planning, fire management, off-road vehicle use, recreation, oil and gas exploration, noxious weed management, grazing issues, and wild horse and burro herd management issues,” the press release reads.

The Board stated that the job descriptions for the RAC are as follows:

  • Category one – Crown land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mining development, the timber industry, transportation or rights of way, off-road vehicle use and commercial recreation.
  • Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreational activities, and wild horse and donkey organizations.
  • Category Three – Representatives of an elected state, county, or local office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or near the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions involved in the natural sciences; and the general public.

To access the application file, go to https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/1120-019_0.pdf. For more information about participating in the California Desert District Advisory Council, please contact Michelle Van Der Linden at 760-833-7172 or [email protected]. For more information about participating in the Central California RAC, please contact Philip Oviatt, 661-391-6117 or [email protected]. For more information about participating in the Northern California District RAC, please contact Jeff Fontana at 530-252-5332 or [email protected].

More information about the RACs is available at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/california.

Individuals can nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory board. Applicants must be California residents and will be judged on their training, education and knowledge of the board’s geographic area. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any interest or organization represented; a completed nomination form; and any other information regarding the applicant’s qualifications.