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BLM seeks nominees for several Resource Advisory Council seats

Phillip Yatesgarfield county correspondent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS The Bureau of Land Management announced on Thursday that the agency is seeking public nominations for five open positions with the agencys Northwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC).Along with the five open spots for the Northwest RAC, the BLM is seekingnominations for 10 positions on Colorados two other RACs, according to theagency. The BLM will consider the nominations for 45 days after Thursday,when the agency published its formal call for nominations in the FederalRegister.Garfield County Commissioner Larry McCown, who is a member of the NorthwestRAC, said participating on the council gives everyone a whole newperspective on the planning that goes into BLM land use decisions.Anyone who has not been involved with it seems to think that (BLMdecisions) are conducted in a vacuum, McCown. There is a tremendous amountof time and effort that goes into their planning efforts.RAC members are chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues andto help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 258 million acres of publiclands, according to the agency.RAC members represent a broad array of backgrounds, interests andexperience, BLM Colorado State Director Sally Wisely said in preparedstatement. With BLMs diverse responsibilities, RAC members haveopportunities to advise us on challenging and complex issues.The 15 members of the Northwest RAC represent a broad range of interests,including environmental protection, energy and mineral interests, along withelected officials. The Bureau of Land Management has three Resource AdvisoryCouncils (RACs) in Colorado: the Northwest RAC, the Southwest RAC and theFront Range RAC.Earlier this month, the Northwest RAC had a day-long meeting in GlenwoodSprings during which possible oil shale development in Colorado, Utah andWyoming was the focus of a long debate among the councils members.During that meeting, RAC members heard and offered comments on the BLMsdraft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS), which hasdesignated about 2 million acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming as possibleareas for oil shale development.Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the councils.Nominees must be residents of the state where the RAC has jurisdiction andthey will be judged on the basis of their training, education and knowledgeof the councils geographic area, the BLM said.All nominations must include letters of reference from any representedinterests or organizations, a completed background information nominationform and any other information that speaks to the nominees qualifications.The nominations are for three categories. One category is forrepresentatives that include interests such as energy and mineraldevelopment and the timber industry, another category is for groups thatinclude environmental and historical organizations. The third category isfor elected officials and employees of a government agencies responsible forthe management of natural resources.Nominations for the Northwest RAC should be sent by April 14. Sendnominations to David Boyd, 50629 Highway 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.Boyds office phone number is 970-947-2832 and his e-mail isdavid_boyd@blm.gov.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.com