BLM Seeks Nominations to Monument Advisory Committee
Lopez Island, Wash. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is seeking public nominations for eight open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until June 4, 2018.
Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a range of resource and land management issues. The BLM maintains 37 such chartered advisory committees located in the West. The MAC was created through Presidential Proclamation and is critical in assisting the BLM in developing a Resource Management Plan for the San Juan Islands National Monument.
“The BLM Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management,” said Linda Clark, BLM Spokane District Manager. “By ensuring that MAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, MAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues.”
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the MAC. Nominees, who must be residents within the MAC boundaries, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the San Juan Islands. 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 MAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
The MAC is seeking nominees for positions representing:
- the public-at-large,
- education/interpretation interests,
- wildlife/ecological interests,
- cultural/heritage interests
- and recreation/tourism.
About the Bureau of Land Management
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.