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Applications sought for John Day-Snake River RAC

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking applications for up to nine positions on the John Day-Snake River Resource Advisory Council.

East Oregonian

Published on November 9, 2017 12:30PM

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for up to nine positions on the John Day-Snake River Resource Advisory Council, a citizen-based group that provides guidance on managing public lands for multiple uses in the area.

The RAC boundaries cover a wide swath of central and Eastern Oregon, including all public lands within the BLM’s Prineville and Vale district offices as well as the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman, Malheur, Ochoco and Deschutes national forests.

Members of the RAC meet three to four times a year at different sites around the region, working to familiarize themselves with issues such as wildfire recovery, sage grouse habitat, wild horse management, land use designations and other topics.

The RAC also provides recommendations on new fee proposals for recreational facilities on Forest Service and BLM land. Currently, the group is working on proposals for fee changes on both the lower Deschutes River and Hells Canyon Recreation Area.

Open positions on the RAC span three general categories, including:

• Category 1 — public land ranchers, energy and mineral developers, timber industry and commercial recreation representatives.

• Category 2 — environmental groups, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation and wild horse and burro advocates.

• Category 3 — state, county or local elected offices, state agencies, local American Indian tribes, academic institutions or the public at large.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the RAC, though representatives must be residents of Oregon or Washington, where the group has jurisdiction. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1.

For more information, contact Lisa Clark at 541-416-6864 or email lmclark@blm.gov.


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