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District BLM office seeks four council members

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Pecos District, which includes Chaves County, has four openings available on its Resource Advisory Council, the agency announced.

The 10-member council advises the BLM about its decisions regarding 3.5 million acres of public lands within the Pecos District. As advertised in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until Dec. 1. People who have already submitted nominations do not need to resubmit.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be residents of New Mexico and will be judged based on their training, education and knowledge of the Pecos District’s geographical area. Nominees also should 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 RAC application and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

On the Pecos District Resource Advisory Council, there are four vacancies, one vacancy with a three-year term in category one, one with a three-year term in category two, and two with three-year terms in category three. The categories represent the following interests:

Category One – Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use and commercial recreation.

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Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three – Representatives of state, county or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Native American tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the Resource Advisory Council is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

The application can be downloaded from the BLM website at blm.gov or obtained by contacting Glen Garnand, (575) 627-0209, ggarnand@blm.gov. Completed applications can be emailed to Garnand or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Pecos District Office, Attention: RAC Coordinator Glen Garnand, 2909 W. Second St., Roswell, NM 88201.

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