BLM-Utah seeks official representative or academic employee for Resource Advisory Council

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Bureau of Land Management in Utah is issuing a second call for nominations for one open position on its Utah Resource Advisory Council.  The nominee will fill the vacated position with the term expiring June 22, 2018.  The BLM will consider nominations until Oct. 3.

BLM staff and volunteers clean graffiti from a rock art site in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah, March 11, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Conserve Southwest Utah, St. George News
This March 2016 file photo shows BLM staff and volunteers cleaning graffiti from a rock art site in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah, March 11, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Conserve Southwest Utah, St. George News

The open advisory position is in BLM’s Category 3, which includes representatives of state, county or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes with or adjacent to the area for which the Resource Advisory Council is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in the natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

The BLM’s advisory councils are composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues to help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.  The Bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 31 resource advisory councils across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. 

The BLM-Utah advisory council consists of 15 members with an interest or expertise in public land management, including such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, tribal officials and academics.  The diverse membership of each council helps ensure that the BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.

Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher, background, and a BLM ranger ride two mules from a rescue scene in the Warner Valley area of Washington County, Utah, Feb. 28, 2015 | Photos courtesy of Washington County Search and Rescue, St. George News
This February 2015 file photo shows Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher, background, and a BLM ranger ride two mules from a rescue scene in the Warner Valley area of Washington County, Utah, Feb. 28, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Search and Rescue, St. George News

Qualifications

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council.

Nominees must be residents of the state or states where the advisory council has jurisdiction. They 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.

All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed resource advisory council application and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

Individuals who are Federally-registered lobbyists are ineligible to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils in an individual capacity.  The term “individual capacity” refers to individuals who are appointed to exercise their own individual best judgment on behalf of the government, such as when they are designated Special Government Employees, rather than being appointed to represent a particular interest.

The BLM-Utah will consult with the governor’s office before forwarding its recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for a final decision.

Nominations / applications

Application forms are available online.

Nominations should be postmarked by Oct. 3 and mailed, to:

Lola Bird, Public Affairs Specialist

Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office

440 West 200 South, Suite 500

Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

For more information, contact Lola Bird: Telephone 801-539-4033; fax 801-539-4013; or email lbird@blm.gov.

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

About the BLM

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 western states, including Alaska.  The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s stated mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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