SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management announced two appointments Wednesday to the 15-member citizen-based Utah Resource Advisory Council, which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.
Heidi Redd, of Monticello, has been appointed for her expertise in grazing, and John Harja, of Salt Lake City, has been re-appointed for his expertise in state agencies in regards to public lands.
“Our Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the BLM’s collaborative approach to public land management,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said. “I want to welcome our newly-appointed RAC members and thank them for their commitment to public service.”
The BLM has established 28 councils across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. The councils are composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues and help the BLM carry out its nationwide stewardship of 245 million acres, the largest land portfolio of any federal agency.
Each council consists of 10-15 members who represent stakeholder interests in public land management, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, industry officials, tribal leaders, state and local government officers, academics and others.
The BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, is responsible for managing these various uses, such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development and energy production, while conserving the land’s natural, historical and cultural resources.
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