BLM looks to fill vacancies on Utah Resource Advisory Council; nominations open

ST. GEORGE – A second call for public nominations is being accepted for the Bureau of Land Management-Utah Resource Advisory Council. The BLM will be filling two positions for members whose terms expire on Jan. 12, 2014. Utah residents interested in the management and conservation of public lands have an opportunity to become directly involved through participation on the council. The BLM will consider nominations until Sept. 30, 2013.

The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are composed of citizens who are chosen for their expertise in natural resources issues to help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The BLM’s Utah council consists of 15 members with a keen interest in public land management, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, tribal officials and academics. The diverse membership of the council is aimed at achieving the balanced outlook the BLM needs for its multiple-use mission.

“I value the advice given to the BLM by these citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils,” Juan Palma, BLM-Utah state director, said. “The people who use and enjoy BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice on public land issues. Their input enhances our agency’s ability to administer and conserve these lands for current and future generations of Americans.”

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the advisory council. Nominees, who must be Utah residents, will be judged on the basis of their training, education and knowledge of the council’s geographical area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus-building and collaborative decision making. The BLM consults with the Governor’s Office before forwarding its recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for a final decision. All nominations must be accompanied by the following:

  • Letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations
  • A completed application form
  • Any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications

The two positions open on the Utah council specialize in the following categories:

  • Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, developed outdoor recreation or transportation.
  • Rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use and commercial recreation.


Application forms are available online at

Nominations should be sent by Sept. 30 to: Sherry Foot, special programs coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.

For more information, please contact Sherry Foot at 801-539-4195 or [email protected].

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the hearing impaired may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

Submitted by: Bureau of Land Management-Utah

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1 Comment

  • Zeke September 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

    They say they’re looking for folks with a “keen interest” in public lands. Or, are they really looking for people who understand documents like Agenda 21 (and others) to implement for the long term? States really need to take back those federal public lands.

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