TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for six open positions on the Twin Falls District RAC, which advise the BLM on public land issues. The nomination period will close May 2.

“The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a prepared statement. “With representatives with different land use perspectives, the RACs give community members an opportunity to dig into local issues and explore possible solutions.”

For this committee, there is one opening in Category 1, three in Category 2 and two openings in Category 3. Category descriptions, according to the news release, include:

1 – 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.

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

3 – 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 within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

According to the news release on Friday, the BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the advisory council. Nominees 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 RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

Nominations must be received by May 2 and sent to RAC Coordinator Heather Tiel-Nelson:

Twin Falls District BLM
2878 Addison Ave. E.
Twin Falls, ID  83301